Pedro Sánchez and 15 other leaders of the European Union call to fight against “discrimination” in the face of the homophobic offensive of Viktor Orbán’s Hungary in a statement released this Thursday to which elDiario.es has had access. Thus, the 16 prime ministers and heads of state who sign the declaration express their “commitment” to the defense of “respect and tolerance” in the face of threats “to the principles of non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation”, in a clear allusion to the laws passed in the Hungarian Parliament that prohibit tackling homosexuality in schools.
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The letter, which was drawn up in Madrid and promoted by Sánchez and the Luxembourg Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, arrives on the same day that EU leaders meet at a summit in Brussels in which, without being on the agenda the homophobic offensive of the Hungarian Government, Viktor Orbán, is expected to address the matter at dinner this Thursday.
The declaration is signed by Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden, Latvia, Malta, Cyprus, Austria and Italy. That is to say, they are the same 17 countries that two days ago signed another letter in Luxembourg, this time tougher, asking the European Commission to forcefully against the Hungarian Government.
A forcefulness that ended up taking place this Wednesday, when the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, affirmed that the Hungarian laws were “a shame” and that she would use all her “legal powers” to avoid their entry into force. Thus, the Community Executive sent a letter to the Hungarian Government in which it warned that it could resort to European Justice when considering that a violation of the values of the European Union is taking place.
The Government of Viktor Orbán, for its part, responded to Von der Leyen through a statement: “The statement of the president of the European Commission is a shame because it is based on false accusations. The recently approved Hungarian bill protects children’s rights, guarantees the rights of parents and does not apply to orientation rights of those over 18 years of age, so it does not contain any discriminatory element. The statement of the President of the European Commission is a shame because the Hungarian bill is based on Article 14 (3) of the Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The statement of the President of the Commission is a shame because it publishes a biased political opinion without an impartial investigation previously carried out. ”