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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.

15,000 individual Greek bondholders were forced to accept a 75 per cent “haircut” on the value of their investments in last year’s partial default agreed with the EU and International Monetary Fund, despite the fact that they had received official statements from the Greek government that they would be excluded.

The so-called “private sector initiative” (PSI) – the largest sovereign debt restructuring ever carried out – was imposed as part of a €170bn second international bailout, allegedly intended to prevent Greece from crashing out of the eurozone in 2012. Unfortunately these actions have led many of the bondholders to poverty and some of them even to suicide. 

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Solidarity with the Greek cleaning ladies! No to deregulation of workers' rights in Greece

Hundreds of protesters gathered on Sunday (15 February - not Fenruary as the video says - 2015) in Brussels in order to show their solidarity to the Greek people and to support the Greek government against austerity ahead of negotiations with the IMf, the ECB and the European Commission, in order to end the bailout program. In this video there are interviews of SYRIZA MEP Manolis Glezos, Secretaire General CNE Union Felipe Van Keirsbilck and Secretaire General FGTB Nico Cue Union.

Hundreds of protesters gathered on Sunday (15 February - not Fenruary as the video says - 2015)

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