The Hungarian prime minister assured this Saturday that the country will not accept the money from the recovery fund if it has to give in to Brussels and repeal the anti-LGBTQI law.
According to the agency Europa Press, Viktor Orbán he indicated that said aid will be rejected if the fund is in any way tied to the diploma, which was harshly criticized in Brussels for discriminating against a community.
For the Hungarian government, the European Commission delayed the approval of its recovery plan due to its “political rejection of a national legislation approved for protect childhood“.
Thus, in a decree published in the Official Gazette, the Spanish agency said, Budapest underlined that it will only accept an agreement “if the European Commission do not impose conditions which do not apply to other Member States”.
The legal deadline for the Community Executive to evaluate national plans is two months from their presentation, which indicates that, in the Hungarian case, the conclusions should have been communicated more than a week ago.
However, the rules provide that the parties can agree on an extension of the deadline to give more scope for analysis and make adjustments, but Brussels and Budapest have resisted formally announcing such an extension, at a time when relations between Hungary and the other states -EU members are tense because of criticisms of his government’s authoritarian drift.
Remember that the Hungarian government of Fidesz (ultranationalist Christian Democrat) recently passed a law considered homophobic, which, among other things, prohibits talking about homosexuality in schools.
The controversial law on the protection of minors, passed by the Hungarian Parliament in June and criticized at home and internationally, began by proposing a tightening of penalties against pedophilia, but just before the vote, provisions related to homosexuality and sex change were added .
In power since 2010, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has adopted policies to “defending Christian values”.
The European Commission launched an infringement procedure against the Hungarian government on 15 June, considering that these discriminatory policies violate fundamental European values of tolerance and individual freedom.
The process could lead to a lawsuit in the Court of Justice of the European Union and then to financial sanctions.
Orbán classified the process launched by the European Commission as “legal vandalism” and, on Wednesday, announced that the law in question would be the subject of a referendum, asking for the support of voters. “Brussels clearly attacked Hungary”, he replied, in a video posted on his Facebook page.
The European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights have regularly condemned Hungary for reforms targeting justice, the media, refugees, non-governmental organizations, universities or minorities.
More than ten thousand people at the Pride March
More than ten thousand people gathered in the Pride March that took place this Saturday in the center of Budapest, in solidarity with the LGBTI+ community.
“All of Europe is to be observed what is happening in Hungary”, said Terry Reintke, co-chairman of the LGBTI+ Intergroup of the European Parliament, before the demonstrators gathered in Madách Square, in the center of the Hungarian capital, from where the march departed towards Tabán Park.
“We are here against hatred, the drift of the rule of law and the authoritarian wave”, stressed the MEP.
In the call for the march, the organizers pointed out that “recent times have been very stressful, desperate and terrifying for the LGBTI + community“. The Hungarian government “exils the LGBTI+ community in its own homeland”, they denounce.
The traditionally colored Pride March was attended by opposition politicians, actors, musicians, sportsmen and other well-known figures in society.
But the show also featured foreign solidarity, with more than 40 embassies and cultural institutions present in Hungary supporting, in a joint statement, the Pride March in Budapest.
Several far-right organizations, such as the Pátria Nossa movement and the Alfa Federation, called for a counter-demonstration, in which a few dozen people took part. Police were mobilized to prevent clashes and incidents.