European gay rights organisations have welcomed the first EU summit on equality, which began in Brussels today. 450 delegates from across Europe launched the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All at the summit, which is a joint initiative by the European Commission and the German Presidency of the EU. Representatives from the European branch of the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) are attending.
The recent Eurobarometer data on discrimination in Europe revealed that 50% of EU citizens consider discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation to be widespread. Note EU-Digest: Several surveys in Europe are also indicating that a majority of Europeans for a variety of reasons find that homopohobia is a problem. Christian and Muslim doctrine consider same sex a sin and unacceptable.