Today the plenary session of the European Parliament adopted reports on the accession to the European Union for Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey. All three reports call on candidate countries to provide genuine protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender minorities, and remind candidate countries that the protection of all minorities is a non-negotiable condition to access the European Union.
The report on Croatia conveys the European Parliament's concern about the 2009 de facto ban on Zagreb Pride, and calls on the Government to effectively implement and enforce protection against discrimination. The report on the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia expresses the European Parliament's regret that the proposed new anti-discrimination legislation does not cover sexual orientation and gender identity as grounds of discrimination, and calls on the Government to bring their anti-discrimination legislation in line with EU standards.
Finally, the European Commission's progress report on Turkey's accession points to the shortcomings of the Turkish penal code, allowing for the systematic persecution of LGBT minorities and the limitation of their freedom of assembly.