Poland and Hungary block EU budget due to pro-LGBT policy

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Photo: apnews.com

Not all countries are happy about the new strategy of the European Union, which suggests a link between funding and the implementation of "European values".

Hungary and Poland vetoed the adoption of a seven-year EU budget of 1.8 trillion euros due to a new mechanism that financially affects national legislation, AP NEWS reported.

The link between funding and respect for the “rule of law” has sparked resistance in Warsaw and Budapest. These countries are adamantly opposed to a tool that could cause them to lose EU money if they continue with policies seen as eroding democratic standards.

In particular, the ban on LGBT propaganda, the ban on abortion and same-sex union can be regarded as a violation of the "rule of law". At the same time, EU legislation stands above national legislation. So, for example, the provision of the Polish Constitution on marriage as a union of a man and a woman does not correspond to the pan-European law.

Earlier, the UOJ wrote that the European Commission presented an equality strategy for LGBT people, which could leave the "insufficiently tolerant" EU countries without funding. 

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