LGBT protections mandatory for EU candidate member states

European Union makes LGBT protections mandatory for candidate member statesBY RYAN COLLETTE
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A new policy has been passed in the European Union preventing any candidate-nation that does not have current laws protecting the LGBT-community from joining. However, the policy does not require it of countries that are already members of the European Union.

The new policy was announced by the European Commission, the 27-member executive panel of the European Union, in a statement earlier this week. The statement uses the 1993 “Copenhagen criteria” of EU eligibility and the second article of the EU Treaty which prohibits discrimination against minorities as validating reasons.

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