Speaking during a visit of a 20 strong delegation of Irish trade unionists and LGBT activists in Brussels, which she hosted, Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson said:
“I was very pleased to host this delegation which is lobbying to strengthen the proposed European Anti-Discrimination Directive.
“The delegation included Irish Congress of Trade Unions Equality Officer, Pauline Buchanan and representatives from HERE NI who provide services for lesbian and bi-sexual women.
“The delegation had important discussions with British Labour MEP, Michael Cashman who chairs the European Parliament LGBT Inter-Group and Juan Gonzalez, an official from the European Commission's anti-discrimination unit.
Speaking in Brussels, Ms Anderson continued:
"It is clear that the European Anti-Discrimination Directive needs to be unblocked and concluded.
"LGBT phobias are still a cruel reality for too many people across Europe. Action must be taken in progressing a strong and robust Anti-Discrimination Directive.
"Meetings also took place with other leading players in the European Union institutions focusing on workers' rights, the right wing driven Austerity agenda and issues of social exclusion." ENDS