The European Union is blocking funds to those Polish municipalities that have introduced laws designating their region to be free of LGBT ideology. As a part of its campaign to block funds, the EU has also targeted those towns that have accepted the Family Rights Charter for local governments. The charter guarantees children and families a safe education and protects them from abuses by local governments.
The EU commissioner for equality, Helena Dalli, stated that some Polish towns will be excluded from certain financial programs on the grounds that they are “discriminating against persons of a different sexual identity.”
She emphasized on Twitter that “every member state and government has an obligation to abide basic laws and values of the European Union.”
EU values and fundamental rights must be respected by Member States and state authorities.
— Helena Dalli (@helenadalli) July 28, 2020
This is no joke and the beginning of an ideological assault against Poland. Given the comments of key Brussels bureaucrats, it seems that they intend to interpret the conclusions of the last EU summit for their cause and in a manner that best suits their agenda.
The European Commission has so far refused to answer which exact towns the restrictions concern.
Poland’s Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro called this measures against Poland “unfounded and unlawful”. Ziobro pointed out the EU Treaty clearly states that the European Commission is obliged to respect the national identity of individual states.
“The European Commission must respect the principle of equality of local governments and citizens, whose right is to freely shape their own opinions and views, which cannot be censored in any way and cannot be pressured by the ideology or views of European officials,” he stated.
Town Twinning program
On Tuesday, the European Commission accepted a list of 127 projects as part of the “Town Twinning” program, which received €2.32 million from EU funding.
As part of the program, a town could receive up to €25,000 in financing for various projects which mobilize citizens on a local level to participate in debates concerning particular issues from the European political agenda.
According to the European Commission, the program promotes “the participation of citizens in the process of shaping the EU’s policy and develops the ability to socially engage and volunteer on the level of the EU.”