The European Union has rejected grants under a twinning program to six cities due to its approach to the LGBTQ community.
The statement was supported on Twitter from the EU’s Equality Commissioner, Helena Dalli.
“EU values and basic rights must be respected by both member nations and public government,” Helena Dalli said on Tuesday.
“This is precisely why six-city twinning applications between Polish police that embraced LGBT free zones’ or’household rights’ settlements were reversed.”
It’s unclear which cities have never been chosen for grants.
The towns and municipalities had applied for a grant between $5,000 and $25,000 under the twinning program of this Europe for Citizens job, which aims to stimulate discussion and civic involvement on EU policies.
Programs for 127 cities and jobs — eight Polish beneficiaries — have been chosen by the EU to get an entire grant value of over $2.3 million.
“The call for suggestions for the twinning program stipulates that it has to be available to European citizens with no type of discrimination on the grounds of sex, ethnic origin, faith or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation, and,” a Commission spokesman told AFP News Agency on Wednesday.
Those programs were rejected on the grounds of never being in accord with the program’s aims of”equal accessibility and non-discrimination”.
In 2019, 80 municipalities in Poland announced themselves”with LGBTQ ideology”, supported by local politicians related to the judgment Conservative Law and Justice party.
The European Parliament condemned the movement in Poland and called for greater monitoring of their use of EU funds.
In February, French councilors at Saint-Jean-de-Braye declared that they’d be finishing”official connections ” together with the city of Tuchów over anti-LGBTQ sentiments.
“France is dedicated to combating human rights violations based on sexual orientation,” the council said in a statement.
“We can’t accept the ties which unite both towns via an oath of twinning ought to be tainted.
“We all know that human rights should employ without discrimination to every human being, irrespective of sexual orientation or gender identity”