Euro MPs to Macedonian Parliament: Don’t vote a deficient anti-discrimination law
Several Members of the European Parliament wrote today to the Parliament of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, urging them to reconsider voting in plenary on an incomplete government-proposed anti-discrimination law. In its current draft version, the bill does not cover discrimination based on sexual orientation.
The letter states that the draft law, as it will be voted next week, goes against European principles of comprehensive non-discrimination. If voted, it would need to be reconsidered nearer the time of the country’s accession to the EU—so why not implement comprehensive legislation now, MEPs argue. The letter also reminds Parliamentarians in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia of the country’s future legal obligations once it becomes a full member of the European Union.
The letter is signed by six MEPs, including the Co-president of the European Parliament’s Greens/European Free Alliance, as well as the two Co-presidents of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights.