July 25, 2021

European Commission threatens Hungary with infringement proceedings if it does not reverse its “homophobic” law

For the President of the European Commission, the Hungarian law prohibiting the dissemination of content on homosexuality to minors is a ” shame “. Ursula von der Leyen threatened Wednesday (July 7th) to launch an infringement procedure against Hungary if she did not reverse its law accused of discriminating against LGBTQ + people, which is due to come into force on Thursday.

“If Hungary does not correct things, the Commission will use the powers conferred on it in its capacity as guardian of the Treaties”, the German official told the European Parliament.

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Formal notice

Brussels can open an infringement procedure for violation of European law, which can lead to a referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) and financial penalties. A letter of formal notice should be sent no later than mid-July, according to a European source.

The Commission sent a first letter to the Hungarian authorities at the end of June expressing its “Legal concerns” on the text adopted on June 15, and which aroused the indignation of European leaders.

“Let’s be clear, we make use of these powers regardless of the Member State which infringes European law”, a souligné Ursula von der Leyen. “Since the start of my mandate, we have initiated some forty infringement procedures relating to the protection of the rule of law and other European values ​​enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty”, she recalled.

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The World with AFP