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European Commission bans Poland from spending EU funds on ‘LGBT-free’ regions

European Commission bans Poland from spending EU funds on ‘LGBT-free’ regions

The European Commission (EC) has banned Poland from spending money allocated from European Union (EU) funds to finance regions that have declared themselves “free of LGBT”.

The European Commission introduced a provision in the Partnership Agreement with Poland prohibiting the financing of a number of local governments. We are talking about bodies that adopted resolutions aimed at isolating gays.

“Thus, municipalities and regions with ordinances excluding LGBT+ people will not receive anything from the 72.2 billion euros from the funds for the implementation of the cohesion policy,” the human rights activists said.

 


An employee of the organization, Miroslava Makukhovskaya, suggested that this decision would lead to the abolition of the decisions of the Polish authorities against the LGBT community.


Poland is known for its rejection of gay people: it ranks last in terms of tolerance for LGBT people among all EU countries. In 2019, representatives of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party in Poland expressed support for Gazeta Polska, which issued stickers with the inscription “Strefa wolna od LGBT” (LGBT-free zone). Later, the authorities of a number of Polish regions declared their territories “LGBT-free zones”.