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Dear colleagues and staff Members, It is a pleasure for me as Vice-President in charge of Gender Equality and Diversity to address this message to you on the occasion on the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This International Day it is an important as never before. And why is that? Because we have at least 81 countries that criminalise same-sex relationship meaning that 40% of the world population are not free to choose who they love. Even worse in 10 countries the death-penalty can be applied for same-sex acts. The EP has been always committed to promote Human Rights and Diversity and combat any kind of discrimination. Towards strengthening these core-values a High-Level Group on Gender Equality and Diversity was set up in 2004 closely cooperating with other Parliament Bodies. Since I took office almost 2 years ago the High-Level Group successfully submitted to the Bureau an action plan on Gender Equality and Diversity for the Secretariat. This key document highlights the vitally importance of combatting homophobia and transphobia in order to achieve an open and inclusive working environment. I am confident that with your active support, commitment and cooperation the High-Level Group will be successful in its difficult and challenging work. Thank you very much for your kind attention.

The Vice-President of the Greek Parliament Tasos Kourakis visited the European Parliament and the SYRIZA Delegation

Amongst the participants were the MEPs Konstadinka Kuneva, Dimitrios Papadimoulis and Stelios Kouloglou

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