The work of the Intergroup consists in monitoring the work of the European Union; monitoring the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in EU Member States and beyond; and liaising with civil society groups to relay their concerns at the European level.
Monitoring the work of the European Union
We monitor the work of the European Union mostly by examining the legislative work of the European Parliament, and making sure that LGBTI issues are included in the various reports, amendments and resolutions the Parliament works on. (See Parliamentary work)
We also regularly remind the European Commission of problematic LGBTI issues, and how they should be dealt with.
Monitoring the rights of LGBTI people
Beyond examining the work done by European institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg and Vienna, we also examine the everyday situation for LGBTI people in EU Member States and beyond. We take an active part in promoting the human rights of LGBTI people, or reminding Member States and their authorities of their human rights obligations under the Lisbon Treaty, the Charter of Fundamental Rights, or the European Convention on Human Rights (for example with Lithuania’s controversial Law on the Protection of Minors).
The Intergroup also regularly reminds other countries of their duty to protect LGBTI people’s rights, such as in EU candidate countries, countries in the European Neighbourhood Policy, or third countries such as African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States.
Liaising with civil society
Finally, we also act as a bridge between civil society groups and European institutions, relaying their concerns at the European level. We regularly meet with non-governmental organisations based in Brussels, and with organisations and human rights activists based in Europe and the world when possible.
The expertise of non-governmental organisations is essential to the work of the Intergroup. We aim to listen to their concerns and their priorities, as they reflect the situation lived by millions in Europe and in the world.
The Intergroup uses specific tools in its work, including: