European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

Equality for lesbians and gay men- a relevant issue in EU accession process, 2001

This report, from 2001, maps the legal and social situation of lesbians and gay men in 13 candidate countries to EU accession.

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Three years after the publication of the “Equality Report”1 on the situation of lesbians and gay men in the EU Member States, ILGA-Europe has produced the current report, “Equality for Lesbians and Gay Men - A Relevant Issue in the EU Accession Process”, with a view to filling the information gap regarding the situation for lesbians and gay men in the candidate countries. The report was produced as part of the project “Lesbian and Gay People in Candidate Countries to EU Membership” with financial support from the Open Society Institute. All 13 accession countries are represented with individual reports: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Turkey. A further chapter presents the European Union’s legislation and policies that are relevant to the rights of lesbians and gays in the accession countries, policies which have developed very significantly in the recent past.