27 January 2014
Istanbul – Film screening and public discussion: "The EU, visa liberalisation and LGBT rights - from Moldova to Turkey"
Scene from the film: Anastasia Danilova from Genderdoc-M, an information centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues
Scene from the film: Anastasia Danilova from Genderdoc-M, an information centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues

The Consulate General of Sweden and the European Stability Initiative are pleased to invite you to a film screening and discussion

The EU, visa liberalisation and LGBT rights – from Moldova to Turkey

Monday, 27 January 2014, 16.00-18.30

Consulate General of Sweden
Istiklal caddesi No 247
34433 Beyoglu, Istanbul

In the last decade LGBT rights have emerged as an integral part of the EU legal framework on combatting discrimination.

The ESI documentary "Lost in Translation – Moldova" tells the story of how EU conditionality has empowered NGO's fight for equal rights and changes in legislation in 2012. It is the story of a country caught between the EU and an increasingly authoritarian, homophobic East, with LGBT rights at the center of this struggle.

How could EU leverage – in the context of Turkey's EU visa liberalization process and its accession talks – help efforts to improve the situation of the LGBT community in Turkey? Are there lessons from Eastern Europe for Turkey?  

Film screening: Return to Europe Series: Moldova – Lost in Transition

Introductory remarks: Gerald Knaus, ESI chairman and director of the film
Discussion: Nigar Goksel, ESI senior analyst and editor of TPQ

About us
Photo credits
Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

You can find out more about Alan Grant on his websites:
Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com