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Striving for equality -homophobia has no place in the European Union

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Striving for equality -homophobia has no place in the European Union

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Brussels is focussing new attention towards efforts to stamp out discrimination and stereotyping. European Justice Freedom and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini has made several proposals to the European Parliament:

“The second initiative is the recent proposal to designate 2007 as European Year of Equal Opportunity for everyone. The objectives will be to inform the population about its rights, to promote diversity as an assset for the Union, and to bring this to the forefront.”

The parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg had opened with a minute of silence for veteran Labour MP and MEP Philip Whitehead, who died suddenly on Saturday.