Von der Leyen announces that the Commission will warn Budapest by letter that the rule violates its “fundamental values”
“The Hungarian law is a disgrace,” Ursula von der Leyen expressed herself this Wednesday before confirming that her
team will address a formal letter to Budapest in which he will express the objections of the European Commission to the norms approved last week in the Magyar parliament against the LGTBIQ community. A legal framework that prohibits talk about homosexuality in schools or broadcast advertisements (during children’s hours on television, for example) that reflect the reality of homosexual, bisexual and transgender groups or convey solidarity with them.
This law “clearly discriminates against people because of their sexual orientation and goes against all the fundamental values of the EU” so “I will use all the powers of the Commission to ensure that they are guaranteed.
the rights of all citizens of the EU ”, underlined the president of the Community Executive during the act of validation of the recovery plan of Belgium together with the president of the country, Alexander De Croo, in a staging similar to the one he starred in last week in Spain with Pedro Sánchez.
«I have asked the commissioners responsible (Didier Reynders, responsible for Justice is one of those referred to) to send a letter with our
legal concerns even before the law comes into force ”, the German proposed as the first practical step against the measure promoted by the Government of Viktor Orban.
Declaration of fourteen countries
no halftones and that ‘letter’ comes after fourteen countries, Spain among them, signed on Tuesday a statement urging the Community Executive, as guardian of the EU Treaties, to “use all the tools at its disposal to ensure full respect for European law, including the possibility of bringing the case before the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU). ‘
Hungary (for three years) and Poland, are the only two members of the community club that are under disciplinary procedure of Article 7 for violation of basic values linked to fundamental rights or the rule of law. Which, on paper, would imply leaving them without a vote in the European Council. A punishment that
requires the unanimity of the Twenty-seven and that it seems condemned to a dead end for obvious reasons (neither Hungary nor Poland are going to take this shot in the foot).
Hungary’s’ anti LGTBIQ ‘law heats up the atmosphere at the leaders’ summit held this Thursday and Friday in Brussels. The harsh tone of Von der Leyen, who in recent days
has faced reproaches of lukewarmness -although a community spokesperson assured that “we have been studying the law for days and our suspicions have (now) been confirmed” -, charges about a meeting that on the agenda includes “reviewing the status of the implementation of European Next Generation funds EU ‘.
Some funds that incorporate the guarantee mechanism of respect for the rule of law. A kind of ‘traffic light’ that would close the flow of European money to beneficiaries who do not comply with the democratic standards that govern the EU. Although of logically generic wording, without pointing out anyone, already when it was agreed
by governments and the European Parliament the implicit burden against Poland and Hungary became clear (in fact both countries threatened to block the fund at the end of last year). The problem is that it is not clear how the mechanism could be implemented or at what point in the procedure.