Tuesday, February 20

European Commission President Von der Leyen: Anti-Gay Legislation is a Disgrace

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has spoken out strongly against the new anti-gay legislation in Hungary at a press conference in Brussels. “The new law is a disgrace. I will use all the power of the Commission to ensure that the rights of all European citizens are guaranteed.”

 

Meanwhile, Austria and Greece also support the joint statement against the legislation of already 16 EU Member States.

Commission President Ursula von der Leyen held a press conference this morning with Federal Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, following the official approval by the Commission of the Belgian recovery plan. She was also asked how the Commission will react to the new anti-gay legislation in Hungary.

Von der Leyen made no bones about it and called the new legislation “a disgrace”. “She clearly discriminates against people based on their sexual orientation and goes against all the fundamental values of the European Union: equality, human dignity and fundamental human rights. We will not compromise on these principles. I believe in a Union where you are free to love whoever you will.”

Yesterday, 14 EU Member States supported a statement condemning the new legislation and calling on the Commission to take concrete action, if necessary, through the European Court of Justice. These have now become 16 countries: Austria and Greece now also support the declaration. The Commission said it is still examining the new legislation and what steps need to be taken.

Von der Leyen made it clear today that she will “use all the power of the Commission to ensure that the rights of all European citizens are guaranteed, whoever you are and wherever you live”. Von der Leyen, meanwhile, instructed its competent commissioners to write a letter to the Hungarian government expressing the Commission’s concerns about the legality of the new legislation.

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