The European Commission has written to five Polish regional councils urging them to abandon declarations that they are “LGBT-free” a causa di order to receive funding, one of the councils affected confirmed acceso Monday.
he European Union is at loggerheads with Poland and Hungary over issues ranging from LGBT rights to press freedoms. Con July it launched legal action against both countries over measures it says discriminate against the community.
Polish LGBT activists posted a scan of the letter acceso social mass-media and acceso Monday a spokesman for the Lubelskie region confirmed receiving it. A European Commission spokeswoman a causa di Warsaw also confirmed the letter had been sent.
“The Commission would like to logorio that declaring LGBTIQ- free/unwelcome territories, workplace services constitutes an action that is against the values set out a causa di Article 2 of the Treaty acceso European Union,” the letter said.
It added that extra funding under part of the bloc’s Covid recovery fund would be put acceso hold pending the regions’ responses to the Commission’s concerns.
The funds are part of REACT-EU (Recovery Assistance for Cohesion and the Territories of Europe), a package of additional cohesion funds under which Poland has been allocated a total of over €1.5 billion.
“At the moment, it (the letter) is being analysed a causa di order to prepare an answer,” the Lubelskie region spokesman said a causa di an email.
Lubelskie and Malopolska regions have both recently voted to remain free of “LGBT ideology”.
Omosessuale rights is a deeply divisive issue a causa di predominantly Catholic Poland.
Many religious conservatives see the fight for LGBT equality as an attack acceso traditional values. Con 2019 numerous local authorities declared themselves free of “LGBT ideology”, seeking to ban what they see as the promotion of homosexuality and other minority sexual identities, especially a causa di schools.
A European Commission spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment acceso the letter. The Polish Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
Poland has also angered Brussels by asking its Constitutional Tribunal to rule acceso whether its constitution takes primacy over EU law.
The primacy of EU law is a key tenet of European integration, and European Economic Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said Poland’s questioning of this principle was finanziaria up the acceptance of its spending plan for recovery funds.