November 12, 2012

IGLYO opposes the appointment of Tonio Borg as European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy


The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO) is opposing the appointment of Tonio Borg as the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy.

Tonio Borg is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs for Malta. He was nominated to replace John Dalli as a member of the college of the European Commission.

Tonio Borg is known for his openly homophobic views which he expressed in parliament when the rent law was being amended and The Opposition proposed that the rights of gay co-habiting couples should be protected. Borg had derailed that proposal and led the government side to oppose it and defeat it. Mr Borg said, “We will only protect those who deserve protection,” rejecting the position that same-sex couples deserve fair treatment.

Mr. Borg’s record and public statements over his years in the public eye in Malta suggest that his positions are inconsistent with those of the majority of Europeans. Borg’s nomination raises concerns for a number of reasons, especially because of his opinion on woman’s issues and abortion, his opposition to equal rights for LGBT people and fair treatment for immigrants. In his capacity as EU Health Commissioner, this ideology could have an impact on domestic provisions in other Member States.

IGLYO believe that Mr Borg is ill-suited to represent or serve the European people as the Commissioner of Health and strongly opposes his appointment, which will be discussed in the European Parliament tomorrow. We urge the members of Parliament to reject Tonio Borg’s appointment.

For more information, please contact IGLYOs Communications Officer Patrick Dempsey:


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