The European Union has denied funding to six towns in Poland that declared themselves to be “LGBT-free zones.”
Following the announcement on Thursday (30 July), the European Commission said they were affirming that the union stands for equality.
“EU values and fundamental rights must be respected by Member States and state authorities,” European Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, wrote on Twitter.
“This is why six town-twinning applications involving Polish authorities that adopted ‘LGBTI free zones’ or ‘family rights’ resolutions were rejected.”
The towns, which haven’t been named, asked to join the EU’s twinning project which links different towns together to “guarantee peaceful relations” and “reinforce mutual understanding and friendship” between European citizens.
Commission spokesman Adalbert Jahnz said the towns were rejected because each of their legal representatives failed to provide the EU with enough assurance that they would meet the “objectives and general features” of the programme.
Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission President, said in a statement on Twitter: “Our treaties in Europe ensure that every person in Europe is free to be who they are, live where they like, love who they want and aim as high as they want. I will continue to push for a #UnionOfEquality.”
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