Nelfa: Fundamental rights are not negotiable

21 juli 2018 | tags: internationaal, NELFA, rechtsgelijkheid

NELFA Board member Eleni Maravelia recently presented her own case before the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions in Brussels: Freedom of movement for rainbow families within the EU!

The Network of European LGBTIQ* Families Associations, NELFA, is full of hope after a very successful presentation in a meeting of the EP’s Committee on Petitions. Board member Eleni Maravelia, a Greek national living in Spain, reported on her own experiences with the non-acceptance of legal documents which were already decreed in another Member State. In her case, the obstacles with a birth certificate could have been even life-threatening.

Chair Cecilia Wikström was very favourable and made some interesting conclusions:

1. The Committee wants to write a letter to Greece (Eleni’s home country)

2. Wikström urges the EU Commission to write a statement with regard to the recent Coman case (motto: What next?).

3. She suggests a “public event” – together with the EP’s Intergroup on LGBTI Rights. And…

4. The Committee wants to contact the Council of the EU to discuss further steps.

Read the full press release of NELFA in this pdf (pdf).