‘A shame’: Hungary must drop anti-LGBT law, says EU executive | The powerful 790 KFGO
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union Director-General Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday warned Hungary that it must repeal legislation banning schools from using material deemed to promote homosexuality or face the full force of European law.
The legislation introduced by Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban came under heavy criticism from EU leaders at a summit last month, with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte telling Budapest to respect the EU’s values of tolerance or to leave the block of 27 countries.
“Homosexuality is assimilated to pornography. This legislation uses the protection of children… to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation… It’s a shame, ”European Commission President von der Leyen told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
“No issue was as important as the one that impinges on our values and identity,” von der Leyen said of the Hungarian law discussion at the June EU summit, saying it went against the grain. protection of minorities and respect for human rights.
Von der Leyen said Hungary would face the full force of EU law if it did not back down, although she did not give details. Such measures could mean a ruling by the European Court of Justice and the freezing of EU funds for Budapest, according to EU lawmakers.
Orban, who has been Hungarian Prime Minister since 2010 and faces elections next year, has become more conservative and combative in promoting what he says are traditional Catholic values under pressure from the liberal West .
The Spanish government last month approved the bill allowing anyone over the age of 14 to legally change their sex without a medical diagnosis or hormone treatment, the first major EU country to do so, in favor of lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender rights (LGBT).
French President Emmanuel Macron called the split in values between Eastern countries such as Hungary, Poland and Slovenia a “cultural battle”.
(Reporting by Robin Emmott and Gabriela Baczynska; Editing by Toby Chopra)