Sock-puppets support “Anti-Discrimination” Directive, genuine civil society opposes it

ILGA-Europe has published a press statement urging Member States to quickly adopt the Commission’s controversial proposal for a horizontal “Anti-Discrimination” Directive. The document has a somewhat aggressive tone, stating that the continued resistance by several Member States against the proposed measure is “unacceptable” and that the content of the proposal is “not up for negotiation or cherry picking”. This is the style of people who think they can give orders to Member States’ democratically elected governments.

When looking at the list of ten organisations endorsing this statement, one discovers that it is precisely the organisations that are funded by the controversial PROGRESS programme, through which the European Commission funds up to 80% of the beneficiary organizations’ operating costs: ILGA Europe, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO), AGE Platform Europe, the European Disability Forum (EDF), European Network Against Racism (ENAR), European Youth Forum, and a few others. In other words: these are the notorious “sock-puppet” organizations that depend nearly entirely on the Commission’s alimonies and through which, essentially, the Commission lobbies itself. Could it be that the Commission itself has asked for this press release to be published in order to put pressure on Member States?

Genuine civil society organisations seem to hold a very different opinion. As we reported some days ago, 100 genuine NGOs have sent a joint open letter to Commission President Juncker to drop the proposal, which according to them restricts fundamental civic freedoms. Moreover, more than 60.000 citizens have signed an online petition to express their opposition to the planned measure.

10 NGOs in favour, 100 against. In addition, those in favour are mere sock-puppets, whereas those against are representing genuine citizens.