Only few days after Greece was convicted by the Strasbourg Court, for the exclusion of homosexual couples from the cohabitation agreement, the Greek Government promotes a legislation that allows same-sex couples to contract such an agreement.
PASOK announced the filing of the legislation, clearly reflecting the position of the governments attitude on the issue.
According to official sources, the Greek government aims to regulate the Greek law with the European Convention for Human Rights and the avoidance of similar convictions for Greece.
The first positive step towards this direction came on Tuesday, after a meeting between the delegates of PASOK and the Minister of Justice, Charalambos Athanassiou, where the two parties discussed the issue.
The General Secretary of Ministry of Interior, Yiannis Ioannidis, stated that this legislation is an important step towards the fight against racism and discrimination. “The modern challenges that Greece must face are such that require the broadest possible consensus at least in elementary issues such as the way government deals with phenomena that threaten both citizens and democracy.” he added.
According to the European Court of Justice, out of 19 countries that have integrated legal forms for the union of couples into their law, only Lithuania and Greece have excluded homosexual couples from this legal protection.