“Anti-LGBT” zones: under pressure from the European Union, Poland retreats

The pressure exerted by the European Union would have borne fruit. On Monday, the three Polish regions of Krakow, Rzeszow and Lublin, in the south and east of the country, decided to back down and give up becoming “zones without LGBT ideology”. Last week, it was that of Kielce who renounced this status.

In Poland, a hundred local authorities constituting nearly a third of the national territory had adopted since 2019 a resolution “anti-LGBT ideology” or a “charter of the rights of families”. Most are located in the southeast and east, traditionally very Catholic areas. Those who have recently given up on these controversial areas have replaced them with declarations recalling their attachment to tolerance, to Christianity or to the traditional role of the family in the life of Polish society.

According to the Polish press, the repeals of these zones have been falling one after the other in Poland in recent weeks, “under pressure from the European Union”, as noted the leftist daily Polityka.

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In mid-July, the European Commission had indeed started an infringement procedure against Poland for these areas, considered to discriminate against LGBT people. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen blasted “zones without humanity” who “have no place” in the EU.

The risk of economic sanctions

Brussels had also sent a letter of formal notice to the Polish executive, dominated by the conservatives of the Law and Justice party (PiS), and suspended negotiations with five regions around the payment of funds from the recovery support program in in favor of REACT-EU cohesion.

At the end of September, the Polityka newspaper calculated the shortfall for the Krakow region if Brussels were to cut aid received by Poland: “The region could no longer obtain (European aid), first of all, the 33.5 million euros from the REACT-EU fund (…). Secondly, it is possible that the negotiations on the regional operational programs for the years 2021-2027 (these are funds for infrastructure, roads, culture, urban regeneration, education, etc.) block, i.e. an amount of approximately 2.32 billion euros. ”

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