The overall, and long term, goal of the Council of Europe LGBT project is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life among LGBT people in Europe. This will be achieved by supporting the governments in 5 to 10 partner member states in their efforts to develop a forceful, cross-sectoral LGBT policy, strengthening human rights for LGBT people, and supporting the national fight against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Recommendation (2010) 5 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on measures to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity constitutes the main framework for the project.
In line with this, and within the limits set by available funds1, the project aims to support a spectrum of measures and activities, according to the needs and priorities in each country.
The project, anchored to the Council of Europe, DG II Democracy, will focus on relevant measures and activities with a view of developing national strategies.
Its lenght is 28 months, running from September 2011 until the end of 2013.
1 The project is funded by volontary contribution from members states: at present, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway,Sweden, Switzerland, United-Kingdom.
The launching of the "Action Plan of Measures for non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity" took place in Tirana, organized by the Albanian government, as part of the LGBT Project.
The Seminar on Police Training relating to LGBT issues, organized by the LGBT Project, took place in Budva and brought together the six partner countries of the Council of Europe LGBT Project: Council of Europe country coordinators, a representative from each Ministry of Interior, Heads of Police Training and relevant NGOs.
The start-up conference of the Council of Europe LGBT Project in Serbia took place in Belgrade and gathered national stakeholders working in the field of LGBT issues.