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European Parliament LGBT Intergroup seminar: Free movement of same-sex families in the EU

May 6th 2011

Seminar highlights a real and accute need to address the issues and problems faced by same-sex families in accessing their right to freedom of movement in Europe.

Recognition of legally recognised same-sex registered partnerships and marriages varies across the member states of the EU, however, in 2010 there were still 12 member states who offered no legal recognition. Whilst directive 2004/38/EC regulates the right of citizens of the EU and their family members to move and reside freely within its territory, the differences between Member states’ definition of marriage and the family challenges the right of same-sex families to move freely within Europe today.

In this context a seminar addressing the problems of free movement for same sex families in the EU was organised by the European Parliament ALDE Group and the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights. Speakers included Members of the European Parliament, representatives from the European Commission, the Hungarian Presidency, National Governments and ILGA-Europe and an EU citizen faced with the practical, day-to-day, realities of being part of a same-sex family with parents of different EU nationalities.

The presentations by the speakers and the discussions which followed were both insightful and inspiring. The seminar highlighted a an acute and very real need to address some of the issues and problems faced by same-sex families in accessing their right to freedom of movement in Europe today.

The International Day Against homophobia (IDAHO) will be marked on May 17 2011

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