EU takes action against Hungary and Poland – because of LGBT discrimination – policy abroad

The European Union (EU) has had enough of Poland’s and Hungary’s discriminatory regulations and laws.

In response to previously harshly criticized regulations against homosexuals and transsexuals in Hungary and Poland, the EU has now initiated infringement proceedings against both member states.

► The EU Commission sent a corresponding letter to Budapest and Warsaw on Thursday. MEPs had previously urged the Brussels authority to use the mechanism that came into force in January to cut funds in the event of rule-of-law violations.

“Europe will never allow parts of our society to be stigmatized: be it because of the person they love, because of their age, their political opinion or because of their religious beliefs,” said EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen about the procedure that has now been initiated.

► In Hungary Specifically, it is about a new law that bans publications that are accessible to children and depict non-heterosexual relationships. It also bans advertising in which homosexuals or transsexuals appear as part of normalcy.


Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban (58) accuses the EU of campaigningPhoto: John Thys / dpa

Von der Leyen had called the law a “disgrace” and threatened legal action if Budapest did not correct the text. Hungary’s right-wing nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban refused to withdraw the law and in return accused the EU of an “unprecedented campaign” against his country.

► For Poland the commission found that the country had not fully and adequately responded to its questioning about the declaration of so-called “LGBT-free zones” in some regions and municipalities. These were created by several Polish regions and municipalities. The Commission assumes that the LGBT-free zones are discriminatory and that Poland may be violating EU law.

The abbreviation LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other non-heterosexual or people who do not belong to any category.


Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (53) also has to deal with von der Leyen's letter

Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki (53) also has to deal with Ursula von der Leyen’s letterPhoto: PASCAL ROSSIGNOL/AFP

Poland and Hungary now have two months to respond to the EU Commission’s letter. Otherwise, the Commission can bring the case to the European Court of Justice.

In August there is also a court decision pending in Poland, which is a tough one. Then judges in Warsaw decide whether Polish constitutional law takes precedence over EU law.

Bernd Grzeszick (55), lawyer and professor at Heidelberg University, explains to BILD: “Should the Polish constitutional court give national constitutional law priority over EU law, and this also in the area of ​​the regulations on the independence of the courts, and should that be accepted, the Union would no longer be a legal community. ”

Regardless of the EU’s infringement proceedings against Poland, there may be a much bigger row in the next few months.

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