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Parliamentary Question: Homophobia in Italy


Parliamentary questions

23 May 2011 E-005015/2011   Question for written answer to the Commission Rule 117 Marietje Schaake (ALDE) , Gianni Vattimo (ALDE) and Sophia in 't Veld (ALDE)  Subject: Homophobia in Italy  On 11 May 2011 the Italian rights association Certi Diritti denounced the fact that, after a similar case in Catania had resulted in a judgment condemning the ministries responsible, another case of refusal to grant a driving licence on the grounds of sexual orientation had occurred in Brindisi, Italy. When Cristian Friscina applied for renewal of his 1999 driving licence, his application was rejected as documents in his file say that he has ‘pathologies that could prejudice driving safety’, due to the fact that he had declared himself to be homosexual while in the army, although he had passed all the psychophysical checks. Cristian is now deprived of his driving licence, greatly affecting his opportunity to move around, go to work, etc. The EU institutions will be celebrating International Day Against Homophobia on 17 May — but homophobic discrimination and aggression is still taking place on EU soil. Is the Commission aware of these facts? Will it ask the Italian authorities for information on the above facts? What action will it take to ensure that similar cases of discrimination based on sexual orientation do not take place, either in Italy or in other Member States? When will the Commission issue its roadmap against homophobia and on LGBT rights, with specific legislative and non-legislative measures to ensure respect for and the protection and promotion of the equality and human rights of LGBT persons? Please find the answer here.