The European Commission has initiated criminal proceedings against Hungary and Poland over the LGBTI policies in these two countries. This was announced by European Commission President von der Leyen in a statement.
Brussels has initiated proceedings against Hungary over the anti-LGBTI law, which prohibits providing information to young people about homosexuality and transgender people. Brussels also states that the investigation is due to a mandatory warning in a children’s book about Cinderella’s homosexuality.
The action against Poland was initiated due to the so-called “gay-free zones”, in force in many Polish regions and municipalities.
“Europe will never allow parts of our society to be stigmatized,” says von der Leyen. “Whether it’s because of the ones they love, or because of their age, race, political opinions, or creed.”
Hungarian anti-gay law led, among other things, to an emotional debate at a European summit. Prime Minister Rutte told Hungarian Prime Minister Orban that he should leave the union “if you don’t like it”.
The two countries have two months to respond to the action. If this response fails, the commission can go to the European Court of Justice.
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