Member of European Parliament has questions about EU funding for homosexualist lobby

Posted on | January 25, 2012 by J.C. von Krempach, J.D. |

For years and years, the European Commission has been funding the activities of ILGA-Europe, a homosexualist lobby that, under the pretext of “fighting discrimination”, actually promotes a radical agenda and notoriously maintains close links to groups promoting pedophilia. Although this wasn’t exactly kept as a state secret, it somehow has escaped the attention of the wider public.

Now, at last, the strange circumstance that a group holding itself out as “non-governmental organization” and “civil society” receives more than two thirds of its budget directly from the European Commission, and the rest from three individual donors, has become the subject of a series of written parliamentary questions by a Member of the European Parliament.

Mr. Godfrey Bloom, who is a member of the euro-skeptic “United Kingdom Independence Party”, wants to know the following:

1. According to information published by the organisation ILGA-Europe (International Lesbian and Gay Association) on its own website, its forecast budget for 2011 was EUR 1 824 000, EUR 1 252 600 (i.e. 67.7 %) of which consisted in grants received from the European Commission and a further EUR 50 000 of which was granted by the Dutch Government, bringing the share of public money in ILGA-Europe’s budget to more than 70 %.
Was the Commission aware of the figures mentioned above?

Given the proportion of its own contribution to financing ILGA-Europe, does the Commission believe that ILGA-Europe can be described as a ‘non-governmental organisation’ or as part of ‘civil society’?

2. Is the Commission aware that of the remaining EUR 521 400 in ILGA’s budget, EUR 402 400 were donated by three wealthy individuals (George Soros/OSI, Sigrid Rausing and an anonymous donor)?

Does the Commission know of any significant contribution to ILGA’s budget being made by those whom the organisation claims to represent, i.e. gay and lesbian persons?

Also, how does the Commission view the influence that wealthy individuals may exert over the NGOs they are subsidising? Is there a risk that persons such as George Soros could ‘buy’ themselves one or more NGOs that are economically dependent on their donations? How does the Commission view the impact of this particular type of ‘philanthropy’ on democracy?

3. Is the Commission aware that, according to the organisation’s budget forecast for 2012, a further grant request by ILGA (for EUR 1 million spread over three years) is pending with EuropeAid? How does the Commission intend to reply to this request?

4. Are there many other lobby groups that receive a similar proportion of their budget from the Commission? Or is ILGA a unique case?

5. Is the Commission aware that among the requirements for NGOs that seek accreditation to obtain consultative status at the UN, one is that ‘the major portion of the organisation’s funds should be derived from contributions from national affiliates, individual members, or other non-governmental components’?

Does the EU apply similar requirements to NGOs? If so, does the Commission agree that this requirement is not met by ILGA-Europe?

The European Commission will have to answer these questions in the coming weeks. We will keep you updated…

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