On 28 September 2011, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling upon the Commission to ensure sexual orientation and gender identity rights are fully upheld across EU Member States [D1.27], [R1.26].
On 11 May 2011, the Council of Europe unveiled its first social-legal report Living Together Combining diversity and freedom in 21st-century Europe on anti-LGBT discrimination in the association's 47 member nations [R1.25], [R1.24].
In April 2010, the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights denounced the newest Cotonou Agreement, which delineates political and trade relations between the European Union and African, Caribbean and Pacific states. European Commissioner Andris Piebalgs had vowed to include nondiscrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the agreement's revised terms, as demanded by the European Parliament, but he then failed to do so [R1.23].
On 31 March 2010, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, representing the national governments of its 47 member countries, unanimously adopted "historic" recommendations to combat anti-gay discrimination, covering hate crimes and speech, employment, education, health care, housing, asylum, sports, and freedom of association, expression and assembly, among other areas. They also instructed member states to order national human rights bodies to address anti-LGBT discrimination [R1.22].
On 01 December 2009, the European Union's Treaty of Lisbon came into force incorporating the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, the only international governmental document that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation [R1.21].
The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, Article 21 states,
"1. Any discrimination based on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation shall be prohibited" [R1.21].
On 10 February 2010, the European Parliament confirmed that candidate countries wishing to join the European Union have to provide genuine protection to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender minorities [R1.20].
On 02 April 2009, the European Parliament today voted to extend anti-discrimination protections beyond employment to cover goods, facilities and services [R1.19].
In March 2009, the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee approved a report recommending the extension of protection against LGBT discrimination [R1.18].
In September 2008, Members of the European Parliament gave their support to a new EU directive on discrimination in goods and services [R1.17].
On 02 July 2008, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a directive which provides for protection from direct or indirect discrimination on grounds of age, disability, sexual orientation and religion or belief the areas of social protection, including housing, social security and health care, education and access to and supply of goods and services [R1.16].
In June 2008, the European Commission announced that disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief and age will be included in a new directive on discrimination [R1.15].
In September 2001, the European Parliament and the European Commission declared that prospective members of the European Union must abolish anti-gay laws before they will be allowed to join [R1.14].
In October 2000, ILGA successfully lobbied for the inclusion of an anti-discrimination directive by the Economic Union [R1.13].
In September 2000, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe voted overwhelmingly in favour of a sweeping series of recommendations in support of lesbian and gay rights [R1.12].
In March 2000, The European Union's parliament has adopted a resolution urging the 15 EU nations to "guarantee one-parent families, unmarried couples and same-sex couples rights equal to those enjoyed by traditional couples and families, particularly as regards tax law, pecuniary rights and social rights'' [R1.11].
In March 2000, European parliamentarians voted to recommend that sexual orientation be added to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination in a move to strengthen anti-discrimination measures in the European Convention on Human Rights [R1.10].
European Union directive number 78/2000/EC deals with discrimination in employment and occupation, requiring national legislation to make provision to the effect that gay men and lesbians who are discriminated against or harassed at the workplace are granted a legal remedy [R1.9].
On 17 December 1998, the European Parliament adopted its report and resolution on respect for human rights in the European Union for the year 1997 [R1.8].
In July 1998, the European Gay & Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) was astonished to read the decision by ISU (International Skating Union) to put skaters who insist in participating at the Amsterdam Gay Games, on a so-called blacklist for the rest of their life, contrary to the spirit of the European Fair Play Declaration as issued by the Council of Europe [R1.7].
On 17 September 1998, the European Parliament adopted with a majority of 110 against 89 votes (6 abstentions) a resolution reaffirming the Parliament's defence of the human rights of gays and lesbians [R1.6].
In July 1997, The European Council approved a treaty that endorses banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. The relevant article reads as follows
"Without prejudice to the other provisions of this Treaty and within the limits of the powers conferred by it upon the Community, the Council, acting unanimously on a proposal from the Commission and after consulting the European Parliament, may take appropriate action to combat discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation" [R1.5].
In October 1996, lobbying was underway for the inclusion of an anti-discrimination clause covering sexual preference in a new revision of the Maastricht Treaty [R1.4].
In October 1996, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on human rights stating, in part: "[A]ll discrimination and/or inequality of treatment must be abolished concerning homosexuals, especially ... differences that persist on the age of consent for homosexuals and discrimination concerning the right to work, and in penal, civil, contractual, social and economic law" [R1.3].
In October 1995, ILGA's Co Secretary Inge Wallaert spoke at a public hearing of the European Parliament to demand that the Parliament recognise the fundamental rights of lesbians and gay men within the European union. She asked the Intergovernmental Conference in 1996 to include sexual orientation within an anti discrimination clause in a new European Treaty [R1.2].
On October 1st, 1981, the Council of Europe recognized and proclaimed for the first time in history to right to sexual autodetermination and called for the end of all forms of discrimination against homosexuals [R1.1].