European Union has blocked funding to six Polish towns that have asserted themselves as “LGBT-Free Zones”. On Thursday, the European Commission announced its decision of denying funding to these towns thus affirming its stand of equality for all people.
“EU values and fundamental rights must be respected by Member States and state authorities”, tweeted Helena Dalli, the European Commissioner for Equality.
She added, “This is why six town-twinning applications involving Polish authorities that adopted ‘LGBTI free zones’ or ‘family rights’ resolutions were rejected.”
These towns, whose names haven’t been disclosed, had applied to participate in EU’s twinning program that helps the towns link together “to guarantee peaceful relations and to reinforce mutual understanding and friendship” between the citizens of Europe. As per the twinning program, the funding scheme of up to €25,000 must be made accessible to all the European citizens without any discrimination oft any type.
European Commission spokesman Adalbert Jahnz said, “Six applications have been rejected because the answer given by the legal representative of the project did not provide the evaluation committee with sufficient assurance that the project would be in line with those objectives and general features.”
The International Observatory of Human Rights said in one of its reports in March said that since 2019 around one-third of Polish towns had professed themselves “free from LGBTI ideology”. Although the attitudes in Poland regarding homosexuality are getting progressively open, same sex marriage is still illegal. The conservative Catholic country in Europe is very restrictive for LGBTQ people. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Twitter, “Our treaties in Europe ensure that every person in Europe is free to be who they are, live where they like, love who they want and aim as high as they want. I will continue to push for a #UnionOfEquality.”
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