The European Union is considering legal action against Poland over the country’s “LGBT-free zones”.
According to Reuters, one EU official said “we are checking whether there is a violation of EU treaties” in the areas and that the process is not over, while another confirmed that the The Brussels-based executive was also investigating the matter.
Bloomberg Equality also said that “four people familiar with the case” – who preferred to remain anonymous – confirmed that the EU was in fact working on “a potential lawsuit”.
When asked to comment, a Polish government spokesperson said: “There are no laws in Poland that would discriminate against people on the basis of their sexual orientation.”
The lawsuit, known as the infringement procedure, would see the EU challenge Poland to wipe out the areas and correct the problem. If Poland does not comply, the EU can take the case to the European Court of Justice and the country risks a fine.
“LGBT-free” zones materialized after the ruling Law and Justice Party urged several towns in Poland to break free from “LGBT ideology” – expose vulnerable LGBTQ + citizens to discrimination, prejudice and violence.
Fifty countries around the world subsequently signed an open letter of protest, calling on Poland to “protect all citizens against violence and discrimination and to ensure that they enjoy equal opportunities”.
President Joe Biden also quoted-tweeted from an ABC News article., in which Ursula von der Leyen – the new president of the European Commission – criticized the ruling party in Poland for its anti-LGBTQ + approach to politics and human rights.
“Be clear: LGBTQ + rights are human rights – and ‘LGBT-free zones’ have no place in the European Union or elsewhere in the world,” he wrote.
Earlier this year, the European Parliament also dubbed the entire European Union “LGBTQI + Freedom Zone”.
In their new measure, they said: “LGBTIQ people across the EU should enjoy the freedom to live and publicly show their sexual orientation and gender identity without fear of intolerance, discrimination or persecution.
After declaring themselves an “LGBT-free zone”, several cities and regions in Poland have lost millions of dollars in EU grants.