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

Slovak government abandons the adoption of the National Action Plan on LGBTI Equality

ILGA-Europe is very disappointed and dismayed that on 13 January 2016, the Slovak government abandoned its plan to adopt a National Action Plan on LGBTI Equality stating it should be a matter for the next government.

LGBTI activists in Slovakia and ILGA-Europe are particularly concerned since the Slovak government went in great lengths in preparation for such step and in 2015 invited representatives of the Council of Europe and other European countries to discuss best practices with a view to introduce such Plan in the country.

Katrin Hugendubel, Advocacy Director of ILGA-Europe, said: “Slovakia has very poor track record on LGBTI equality and currently is on 22nd place among 28 EU countries on our Rainbow Europe map. National Action Plan on LGBTI Equality would be a serious commitment and a meaningful step on a side of the Slovak government to remedy this situation. We are seriously concerned with such U-turn and call on the Slovak government to deliver on its promise without delay or passing responsibility to the next government.”