The territories of Krakow, Rzeszow and Lublin have imitated that of Kielce and returned on Monday on their declarations.
Pressure from Brussels got the better of some regions. In mid-July, the European Commission started infringement proceedings against Poland for these “Areas without LGBT ideology” decreed by a number of regions, municipalities and other local authorities. The European executive, which denounced the discriminatory nature of these measures against LGBT + people, sent Poland a letter of formal notice. Brussels has also suspended negotiations with five regions concerned on the disbursement of funds from the recovery support program in favor of React-EU cohesion.
The regions of Krakow (south), Rzeszow (south) and Lublin (east) decided on Monday to come back, as did that of Kielce (south) last week, on their declarations that they were “Areas without LGBT ideology”, replacing them with other texts. The deputies of the Rzeszow region notably underlined in their new text their opposition to “All attempts at hatred and discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, disability, ethnic origin, religion, beliefs or sexual orientation”.
Defense of European values
The three regions also underlined their attachment to tolerance, Christianity and the traditional role of the family in the life of Polish society. In Poland, a total of around 100 local authorities had adopted a resolution since 2019 “Anti-LGBT ideology” or a “Charter of the rights of families”. They make up about a third of Polish territory and are mainly located in the south-east and east of the country, traditionally very Catholic areas.
Following these declarations, Brussels called for respect for the dignity and human rights which are “Fundamental values of the EU” and assured that the European Commission would use all the instruments at its disposal to defend these values. Its president, Ursula von der Leyen, had castigated “Zones without humanity” who “Have no place” in the EU.
Source: Libération by www.liberation.fr.
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