NEWS FROM THE PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE OF SOCIALISTS AND DEMOCRATS IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

2 February 2010 www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu

POPE SHOULD APPLY EU EQUALITY LAW IN THE VATICAN, SAYS EURO MP

Leading Euro MPs today hit back at the Pope’s criticism of UK plans to improve equality laws and called for EU legislation on the issue to apply in the Vatican.

“Speaking in Rome at a meeting of the leadership of the European Parliament’s Socialists and Democrats, group vice-president Stephen Hughes said:

“As a Catholic, I am appalled by the attitude of the Pope. Religious leaders should be trying to eradicate inequality, not perpetuate it.”

Outlining S&D priorities for the next 10 years of social, economic and environment policy – the so-called EU2020 strategy – Mr Hughes said: “Inequality is at the root of many social problems.

“Instead of criticising the UK’s plans to improve its legislation, the Pope should ensure that existing EU legislation is properly applied in the Vatican.”

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