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It's groundhog day in Britain, where the European Union is concerned. The context changes, but the basic issues do not.
Sir Stephen Wall
18 November 2014 More...
Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM
The recent Scottish referendum set a precedent in contemporary Europe by seeking to deliver, in agreement between Westminster and Holyrood, a binding decision on Scotland's future. The 'participatory process' that took place in Catalonia on 9 November could not be more different. Why is this
so, what are its consequences, and where might we be heading?
Dr Claire Colomb
Dr Uta Staiger
13 November 2014
Starts: Nov 13, 2014 12:00:00 AM
The impact of immigration on Britain’s tax and welfare system is a key element in the debate over the country’s
relationship with the EU. Yet contrary to received opinion, research shows that EU immigrants to the UK in fact relieve the fiscal
burden on UK-born workers and contribute to the financing of public
5 November 2014
Prof. Christian Dustman
Dr. Tommaso Frattini
Starts: Nov 5, 2014 12:00:00 AM
Promoting LGBT rights at home and abroad: the role of the EU
Publication date: Oct 16, 2013 1:07:47 PM
Start: Dec 6, 2013 12:00:00 AM
TODAY: 6 December 2013. This year's Sakharov Debate
The 2013 Sakharov Debate aims to critically examine the state of LGBT rights in Europe, with a particular focus on the role of the EU in promoting same-sex equality among EU member-states and in states outside the EU.
As in previous years, this event is organised jointly by the European Parliament UK Office and the UCL European Institute.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in June 2011 that 'acts of violence committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity’ was ‘an attack on the universal values that the United Nations and I have sworn to defend and uphold’.
While respecting LGBT rights is promoted by the UN as a universal value, this view is far from being universally accepted.
Europe has emerged as a world-leader in terms of the respect for and protection of LGBT rights. Especially since the inclusion of sexual orientation in the equalities agenda of the European Union through Article 13 of the Amsterdam Treaty, there has been increased pressure at the European level for the existing members and accession states to promote the equal rights of their LGBT citizens.
Despite similar top-down pressure, however, the legal situation for LGBT people differs markedly from state to state in terms of the type and extent of the rights accorded or indeed whether rights have been accorded at all.While there has been a general improvement in most European legal systems at the national, supranational and international levels, some states, such as Italy and Poland, have experienced only a minimal improvement, while others, such as Russia, seem to be moving in the opposite direction compared with the rest of the continent.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Anna Grodzka (first transgender MP, Poland)
- Michael Cashman MEP (Co-President of the European Parliament's Intergroup on LGBT Rights)
- Robert Wintermute (School of Law, King's College London)
- Richard Mole (UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies)
Chair: Patrick Strudwick (journalist)
Welcome: Sir Stephen Wall (UCL Council, former UK Permanent Representative to the EU)