EU threatens Polish funding over ‘LGBTI-free’ zones

Sallie Anderson

The EU has actually threatened to cut pandemic-recovery funds to Polish areas on premises of their gay-bashing statements.

The thinly-veiled hazard can be found in a current letter from the European Commission, seen by EUobserver, to 5 Polish regional guvs who had actually stated their areas to be “LGBTI-free”zones


The EU was currently choosing how to invest additional money to “counter the coronavirus impact in Poland”, the letter stated.

However, at the exact same time, the commission desired the guvs’ “assessment of the risk of discrimination” in how the brand-new funds would be assigned, for example, to regional services who declined to utilize gay people.

It likewise prompted the guvs to embrace brand-new “measures promoting equality and non-discrimination” in their areas and to validate, in composing, what they prepared to do.

The letter was signed by 2 leading authorities, Joost Korte and Marc Lemaître, who are likewise in charge of finalizing EU cheques to member states on local and social tasks.

They had actually seen problems by Polish people on the “increasing anti-LGBTI community rhetoric in Poland”, the authorities kept in mind.

They mentioned chapter and verse of EU law on Poland’s commitments to secure minorities in their three-page letter.

” While at the exact same time they [Polish governors] are utilizing EU funds … these actions [LGBTI-free declarations] result in [some] people’ worry of being discriminated [against] by these authorities, or being beaten by other people, or losing [their] tasks,” Korte and Lemaître stated.

And the problem arrived of Polish politics, a group of pro-LGBTI MEPs likewise cautioned on Wednesday (17 June).

Polish president Andrzej Duda was guilty of “instrumentalising hatred” to attempt to win upcoming elections, Marc Angel, a left-wing MEP from Luxembourg stated.

“It is unacceptable to have a president of a member state of the EU acting in complete violation of the treaties and the values on which the European Union is founded,” independent Italian MEP Fabio Massimo Castaldo likewise stated.

They spoke after Duda, on 10 June, embraced what he called a “family charter”, which was to “protect” children from “LGBTI ideology” in schools.

Europe’s pro-LGBTI worths were “more destructive” than communism, Duda likewise informed a campaign rally last weekend.

Brand-new front

The commission letter opened a brand-new front in the clash with Poland’s judgment Law and Justice (PiS) party, in a relocation which even amazed some other EU organizations, such as the Committee of the Areas in Brussels.

Korte and Lemaître’s broadside began top of previous EU sanctions dangers and court injunctions created to stop PiS from taking control of Poland’s judiciary.

It likewise came in the middle of talk of slashing Poland’s share of the next EU budget and in the middle of end ofthe world speculation that if PiS kept Poland on the exact same trajectory, it may inadvertently crash out of Europe, the exact same method the UK did.

For its part, PiS and Polish diplomats state the EU has no right to interfere in its domesticaffairs


However for Polish opposition leaders, such as former foreign minister Radek Sikorski, who is now an MEP, the PiS and its chairman, Jarosław Kaczyński, had a significantly anti-European vision for the EU’s sixth-largest member state.

” He [Kaczyński] wishes to develop a [Roman] Catholic state of the Polish country. His vision is that of Salazar, or rather Franco,” Sikorski just recently informed EUobserver, describing António Salazar and Francisco Franco, 2 1970 s reactionary totalitarians in Portugal and Spain.

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