Brussels, Belgium: EU Commissioner Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday, called a new law in Hungary prohibiting LGBTQ educational information for minors a “shame” that went against EU ideals.
“This bill clearly discriminates against people on the basis of their sexual orientation. And it goes against all the values, the fundamental values of the European Union,” she told a media conference in Brussels.
She said her European Commission would raise legal concerns over the law with Budapest, and added: “I will use all the powers of the commission to ensure that the rights of all EU citizens are guaranteed whoever you are, and wherever you live.”
The issue surrounding Hungary’s bill, which was passed on June 15, has erupted into a European-wide debate.
UEFA, the continent’s football governing body, has turned down Munich’s proposal to light its stadium in LGBTQ rainbow colours for a Euro 2020 match between Germany and Hungary on Wednesday.
Munich retaliated by announcing that other major icons, such as the town hall and a massive wind turbine near the stadium, will be painted in rainbow colours instead.
A joint declaration started by Belgium has been signed by fourteen EU nations, including Germany, France, Spain, and Italy, expressing “grave concern” over the Hungarian law.
“Stigmatising LGBTIQ persons constitute a clear breach of their fundamental right to dignity, as provided for in the EU Charter and international law,” it said.
The topic is set to make an appearance at an EU summit taking place in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, which Hungary’s populist prime minister, Viktor Orban, is expected to attend.