Half of the 27 EU countries, including Germany, have called on the European Commission to take immediate action against the controversial Hungarian homosexual law.
The authority said in a statement on Tuesday that it would use “all available equipment” against the “discriminatory” law.
Started in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Meanwhile, UEFA’s decision against the rainbow-colored EM Stadium in Munich has caused a stir.
Thirteen countries have expressed grave concern over a law passed by the Hungarian parliament last week. It discriminates against LGBTQI people and violates the “right to freedom of expression on the grounds of protecting children”. If necessary, the Commission should go to the European Court of Justice.
Right-wing nationalist Prime Minister Victor Orban’s Fidesz Party has introduced a law against advertising homosexuality to minors.
Educational programs on homosexuality or advertising by large corporations that show solidarity with homosexuality are prohibited, and so are educational books on the subject.
European Minister of State Michael Roth (SPD) announced his support for the German declaration during a meeting with his European Union colleagues in Luxembourg this morning. “We need to send a clear signal,” he said. The decision of the Hungarian parliament “clearly violates the values of the European Union”.
Vice Commission President Vera Zorova said there was a possibility of a breach of EU law, and Judova said it was examining whether Hungarian law violated EU law.
It is about various areas such as education, freedom of expression and discrimination. “We have to find the right legal basis,” he said. This step will take some time.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Sigarto defended the law in Luxembourg. He said this was not against minorities and that minors should be protected from pedophiles. Czigarto, who has been criticized for “spreading false information”, protested against interference in Hungary’s “national capabilities”.
In addition to Germany and Benelux, according to the Belgian government, the following nine countries supported the decisive explanation: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Spain and Sweden. This means that half of the total 27 EU countries have agreed to criticize Hungary.
As a sign of protest, the Munich EM station should shine in rainbow colors at the behest of the City Council for the German national team’s final preliminary round match against Hungary on Wednesday.
The European Football Association (UEFA) said on Tuesday that the application would be rejected due to political reasons. While the decision was welcomed by Hungary, it was criticized by German associations and politicians.
“It is a shame that UEFA in Munich has banned us from showing openness, tolerance, respect and solidarity with many people in the LGBTQ community,” said Diet Reuters, the mayor of Munich.
Ursula von Der Lane, President of the European Commission, wrote on the Twitter online service: “Our Europe is based on diversity and mutual respect.” This applies to all areas of “society, economy and sports”.
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