The spokesman for the European Commission, Christian Wigand, informed that the Commission had received a response from the Polish government regarding “resolutions regarding the so-called LGBT-free zones.”
– We received a response from Poland to our letter of formal notice on time. We are now analyzing the answer before deciding on the next steps, the spokesman for the Commission said on Thursday.
The response of the Polish government on “LGBT-free zones”
On Wednesday, the government plenipotentiary for equal treatment Anna Schmidt sent reply to the European Commission on “LGBT ideology free zones”.
She wrote that local government authorities are democratically elected and independent of the government administration. She emphasized that resolutions adopted by councils and regional assemblies are subject to the supervision of the voivode’s representative only in terms of legality.
Schmidt assured that “all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation and place of residence, enjoy legal protection in Poland”. She wrote that the resolutions adopted by local governments “do not prohibit the stay of any persons in the area of the commune, poviat or voivodship, exercise their freedom of economic activity, teaching in public schools, and do not interfere with the right to associate and organize public assemblies”.
Proceedings against Poland
On July 15, the European Commission launched infringement proceedings against Poland against Poland related to equality and protection of fundamental rights. “The Commission believes that the Polish authorities have not fully and adequately responded to the Commission’s inquiry regarding the nature and impact of the resolutions on the so-called LGBT-free zones adopted by several Polish regions and municipalities,” the Commission announced then.
In justifying its decision, the Commission expressed concern that these resolutions “may infringe European Union law on non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation”.
Frozen negotiations on EU funds
The marshals of five voivodeships – Małopolskie, Lubelskie and Świętokrzyskie, Łódzkie and Podkarpackie – have been summoned by the European Commission to submit explanations and “implement corrective measures” in connection with the adoption of anti-LGBT resolutions. “discriminatory”. However, they are at risk of losing EU funds.
The European Commission already in July frozen negotiations on funds to be allocated under the REACT-EU program. As part of this project, EUR 47.5 billion is to be distributed.
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