LGBTQ Agenda: European Parliament cuts funds to Hungary and Poland

LGBTQ Agenda: European Parliament cuts funds to Hungary and Poland

The European Parliament overwhelmingly voted Thursday to withdraw funding from Hungary and Poland over the two countries refusing to bow to the bloc’s pro-LGBT stance.

Members of the European Parliament (MEP) passed the resolution by a huge 478 votes in favor to 155 against, with 29 abstentions, to withhold funding from European Union (EU) member states that violate the “Rule of Law Conditionality Mechanism.”

The mechanism “makes the receipt of financing from the Union budget subject to the respect by the Member States for the principles of the rule of law,” effectively making any funding from the bloc subject to alignment with the EU’s core “values” of the day, including LGBT promotion.

An appeal by both Hungary and Poland to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to overturn the mechanism was rejected last month on the basis that it had been “adopted on an appropriate legal basis … and respects in particular the limits of the powers conferred on the European Union and the principle of legal certainty,” cementing the possibility of Thursday’s vote.

Consequently, the Parliament now demands that the European Commission, headed by President Ursula Von Der Leyen, immediately apply the mechanism “by sending a written notification” to both Hungary and Poland.

“Parliament stresses that it is ‘high time’ for the Commission to fulfill its duties as the guardian of the EU Treaties and react to the ongoing violations of the principles of the rule of law in some EU member states, which pose a danger to the European Union’s financial interests,” a press statement from the European Parliament website reads.

“Inaction towards oligarchic structures weakens the entire European Union … taxpayers’ money needs to be protected against those who undermine the EU’s values,” the statement added.