The EU’s Commissioner for for Fundamental Rights, Gender etc, Vera Jourová has issued a call to “action in defence of fundamental rights, democracy and the rule of law”. Speaking at the 10th anniversary ‘celebrations’ of the deviant EU Fundamental Rights Agency in Vienna, Ms Jourová outlined an agenda which really amounts to the Commission attacking freedom of expression and traditional values. Continue reading
The European Parliament’s two most extremist committees – on Civil Liberties (LIBE) and Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) join forces, supported by the European Commission and the Council, to hold a special Public Hearing today (full programme below) aimed at advancing dangerous gender ideology and forcing Member States to adopt the Istanbul Convention which is tainted by it. Continue reading
In this week’s meeting of the Social Affairs Council, Commissioner for Justice and Gender Equality Věra Jourová has presented a “list of actions by the Commission to advance LGBTI Equality”.
The list is to be seen as a follow-up to the Parliament’s demand for an EU Roadmap against homophobia, the so-called ‘Lunacek-report’, which was adopted in February 2014 despite unprecedented massive protest from citizens who believe that society needs no privileges based on un-normal sexual orientations, but sound policies to protect and promote marriage and families. Continue reading
When challenged to indicate a legal basis for his recent announcement that he will pressure Member States to legally recognize same-sex “marriages” concluded elsewhere, Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans answers evasively. Very evasively. In fact, not at all. Continue reading
Question for written answer to the Commission (Rule 130) by Jadwiga Wiśniewska (ECR) on 7 November 2014:
Subject: Dubious scientific value of the Fundamental Rights Agency’s EU LGBT Survey
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published a report on its EU LGBT Survey, which then served as the basis for the ‘Tackling sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination’ conference held at the Commission headquarters on 28 October 2014. Many concerns have been raised regarding the methodology used in the FRA’s survey, as it is alleged that the sample group was improperly selected and that it may have been possible for respondents to fill out the survey more than once. Objections were raised by European Dignity Watch and the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe, among others. These organisations claim that the survey is unrepresentative, as it does not constitute a true reflection of the society being studied, but is rather a collection of anonymous opinions. Continue reading
Just over a year ago, Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Vice-President Viviane Reding came forward with rather ambitious ideas to create a new “Rule-of-Law Mechanism” that would confer to the European Commission new powers to investigate alleged violations of the rule of law by Member States, irrespective of whether those alleged violations fall inside or outside the remit of the EU’s competences. Continue reading
Coming from a relatively small country and published exclusively in a language that is not spoken by many, resolutions by the upper house of the Czech parliament usually do not get a big echo outside the country’s borders.
In this case, however, the vote is of significant importance for the entire European Union. With a majority of 55 against 3 votes, the Senate has adopted a resolution that severely criticizes country’s centre-left Government led by social-democrat Prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka for having changed its (previously negative) position with regard to the European Commission’s proposals for a horizontal “Anti-Discrimination Directive” and for a Directive that would provide for a compulsory gender quota for the supervisory boards of public companies traded on stock exchanges. In other words, while the Commission may still believe to have persuaded the Czech Republic to endorse those proposals, this may actually not be the end of the story. Continue reading