BRUSSELS, 22 Jul. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The European Commission has asked the Hungarian Government this Thursday that before holding a referendum on the law that restricts access of minors to information on the LGTBI group, offer Hungarian citizens “balanced and objective information” on the legal problems raised by the rule for violating European law by discriminating against a group for their sexual orientation.
“We hope that there is objective and balanced information on the fears that we have because we believe that a minority is being discriminated against,” said community spokesperson Dana Spinant, at a press conference in Brussels.
“Balanced, objective and transparent information must always prevail because it is necessary for the population to understand why we have these doubts,” he added, to later emphasize that Brussels does not want to “speculate” on what the result of the referendum might be but hopes that it will offer the “right” information.
Brussels does not want to take sides on the decision itself of Prime Minister Viktor Orban to organize a referendum to try to win social support and face pressure from EU partners against the controversial law, because it considers that it is up to the states member decide how they organize their legislative processes.
However, he trusts that Hungarians are aware before going to a consultation on the controversial law that Brussels has initiated an infringement procedure on the grounds that this legislation “discriminates and stigmatizes” a group on the grounds of their sexual orientation.
The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and other members of her Executive have said publicly in recent weeks that they consider the anti-LGTBI law to be a “shame” for the European Union and have made it clear that Brussels will resort to everything your legal arsenal to prevent it from being applied.
On July 15, the Commission launched a disciplinary proceedings against Hungary for this cause and gave it a period of two months to respond to Brussels’ concerns and offer solutions.
If within this period the Community Executive does not accept Budapest’s response as good, it will still have to give it one more period of dialogue – reasoned opinion in a procedure – before submitting the case to the Court of Justice of the EU.