Poland and Hungary block inclusion of LGBTQI rights in EU statement

A bitter conflict over the mention of LGBTIQ citizens in a joint EU statement by employment and social affairs ministers revealed a deep-seated cultural war within the union.

Guest Mavens
Guest Mavens NewsMavens, Europe
Poland and Hungary block inclusion of LGBTQI rights in EU statement - NewsMavens
EU commission meeting room. Wikicommons

Why this story matters:

Last December, Poland and Hungary joined forces to veto the use of the acronym "LGBTIQ" in a document of the EPSCO, a council formed of European employment and social affairs ministers. In response, 19 EU countries expressed their outrage and produced a statement calling on the EU to protect LGBTIQ rights. 

Wouter Koolmees, Dutch minister for social affairs and employment, was quoted as saying that "LGBTIQ inclusion and equality are core values of our European Union."

While the new paper is not legally binding, it is a clear-cut signal that most EU states are dedicated to protecting sexual minorities. How they will legislate jointly with their anti-LGBTIQ counterparts, however, remains unclear. 

The article below was recommend by one of our readers. Is there anything you would like us to cover? Let us know here.

Details from the story:

  • Austria's right-wing government -- the current holder of the Presidency of the European Council -- reintroduced "LGBTIQ" in the EPSCO statement, but only in the conclusion, which is not legally binding.
  • The Executive Director of the European chapter of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, Evelyne Paradis, said: "We would like to thank all member states who spoke out and stopped this attempt that would have marked a clear step backwards from EU treaty obligations and agreed text within the EU institutions."
  • Several EU countries were critical of Austria for acceding to Poland and Hungary's demands by removing "LGBTIQ" and replacing it with more vague expressions like "genetic features" and "sexual orientation."
inbox_large_illu Created with Sketch.
Tired of the news media’s prevailing male perspective? We are too.

Get our newsletters composed exclusively by female journalists from all over Europe.

WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM:
SUPPORTED BY:

Project #Femfacts co-financed by European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology as part of the Pilot Project – Media Literacy For All

The information and views set out on this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS:
NewsMavens
NewsMavens is a media start-up within Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's largest liberal broadsheet published by Agora S.A. NewsMavens is currently financed by Gazeta Wyborcza and Google DNI Fund.
Is something happening in your country that Newsmavens should cover?
CORE TEAM
Zuzanna Ziomecka
Zuzanna Ziomecka EDITOR IN CHIEF
Lea Berriault-Jauvin
Lea Berriault Managing Editor
Jessica Sirotin
Jessica Sirotin EDITOR
Ada Petriczko
Ada Petriczko EDITOR
Gazeta Wyborcza, Agora SA Czerska 8/10 00-732, Warsaw Poland
The e-mail addresses provided above are not intended for recruitment purposes. Messages concerning recruitment will be deleted immediately. Your personal data provided as part of your correspondence with Zuzanna,Lea, Jessica and Ada will be processed for the purpose of resolving the issue you contacted us about. The data provided in your email is controlled by Agora S.A. with its registered office in Warsaw Czerska 8/10 Street (00-732). You can find more information about the processing and protection of your personal data at https://newsmavens.com/transparency-policy
System.Threading.Tasks.Task`1[System.Threading.Tasks.VoidTaskResult];