Hungary Passes Anti-LGBT Law - European Parliament Demands Funding Cuts in Retribution

529 MEPs voted in favor of an early restriction of access to EU funds for those EU member states that violate the rule of law.


The European Parliament has demanded that European Union authorities limit funding for two countries-Hungary, where a law banning LGBT propaganda in schools went into effect on July 8, and Poland. On Thursday, July 8, 529 MEPs voted in favor of activating the "rule of law" mechanism as soon as possible, the Associated Press reported.

Hungary is to be forced to cancel a new law against LGBT propaganda to minors as violating human rights and contrary to the basic principles of the European Union.

Poland has fallen into disfavor after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki appealed to the Constitutional Court to recognize the national Constitution as superior to European legislation.

As many as 529 MEPs voted for limiting access to EU funds for countries violating the rule of law, while 150 voted against it and 14 other MPs abstained.

However, to start the mechanism of cutting funding will not be possible before the end of 2022, as such a decision can be taken only after the legal verification of measures in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

The publication also noted that before July 12, the European Commission must decide whether to allocate grants of 7 billion euros to help the Hungarian economy after the pandemic coronavirus.

Recall that on July 7, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen called the law adopted in Hungary "disgusting" and demanded its cancellation, threatening sanctions. In turn, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said that he would not allow the promotion of homosexuality in kindergartens and schools and would not repeal the law, as required by the European Union.

Source: (Russian)