Brussels questions the recent adoption by the government of Budapest of a law that prohibits or limits access to content that promotes the “divergence of identity in relation to the sex of birth”
The European Commission announced this Thursday legal action against Hungary and Poland for adopting measures that violate the fundamental rights of the LGTB community and has given those countries two months to respond to the initiative before taking the cases before the Court of Justice of the EU. “Equality and respect for dignity and human rights are fundamental values of the European Union (…) The Commission will use all the instruments at its disposal to defend these values,” the institution said in a statement.
In the case of Hungary, the Commission questions the recent adoption of a law that prohibits or limits access to content that promotes “divergence of identity in relation to the sex of birth”. The Commission has indicated that the protection of minors is a legitimate public interest, but notes that Hungary “has not explained why exposure to LGBT content can be harmful to their happiness.”
Already in the case of Poland, the Commission has decided to act in the face of the government’s inaction against the so-called “zones free of LGTB ideology”. The EU considers that these “zones”, implemented in 2019 by municipalities and regions of Poland, can be considered a “violation of European legislation on non-discrimination based on sexual orientation”. According to the Commission, Poland also ignores several requests to provide details of the legal basis of these areas, thereby violating its commitment to ‘sincere cooperation’ with the European institutions.