Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London, has welcomed the European Parliament’s support for the greater protection of funding for equality and anti-discrimination groups across the EU.
The European Parliament Employment Committee has today voted in favour of strengthening the equality and employment aspects of a new pot of funding which will focus on promoting the rights of European citizenship, non-discrimination, and gender equality.
The Rights and Citizenship Programme will replace the existing EU funding streams which help fund initiatives aimed at tackling gender inequalities and violence towards children, young people and women, among other issues. It is hoped that the new programme will help simplify the current funding streams, and improve the access of these organisations in delivering their important work.
Commenting on the outcome of the vote, Jean, the Employment Committee Rapporteur for the initiative, said: “As MEP for the London region, which is home to a great number of charitable organisations looking to further the equality and anti-discrimination agenda, I am pleased that the Employment Committee has voted in favour of a new funding pot which will be able to build on the developments of its predecessors.
“The new fund must be a powerful instrument to help combat discrimination and to promote greater equality. Civil society has shown itself to be enthusiastic in promoting such inclusion, but it needs the resources to be able to tackle these problems. I therefore hope that the outcome of today’s vote acts as an important step towards securing the continuation of funds for equality groups across the EU.”