The EU is “very concerned” by a new Hungarian law, criticized by NGOs and Washington as an attack on LGBTQ + rights, and is examining its legality, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.
The text adopted Tuesday in Hungary stipulates that “pornography and content that represents sexuality or promotes deviation of gender identity, sex reassignment and homosexuality must not be accessible to those under the age of 18”.
According to NGOs, it will lead to the ban of educational programs, advertisements, books or series in which homosexuality is mentioned.
“Very concerned about the new law in Hungary. We are currently examining whether it violates EU law, ”wrote Mme von der Leyen sur Twitter.
The European Commission had already announced earlier on Wednesday that it was in the process of analyzing legally this text, the initiative of which comes from the party of the sovereignist Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
“What we do will depend on what we find, we must look at which aspects and points the legislation respects or does not respect European legislation, the principles of the EU or the Charter of Fundamental Rights”, explained a Commission spokesperson Dana Spinant.
The Commission recalled that it had presented in November a strategy intended to fight against discrimination and hatred against LGBTQ + people (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender) …
“I believe in a Europe which embraces diversity, and not a Europe which hides it from our children. No one should be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation, ”said Mme von der Leyen sur Twitter.
In Washington, a spokeswoman for the State Department expressed the “concern” of the American authorities for “freedom of expression” and felt that Hungarian law established restrictions which “have no place in society. democratic ”.
Hungary, led by Viktor Orban since 2010, had already stepped up its offensive against the LGBTQ + community last December, by enshrining in the Constitution the definition of a person’s sex as being only that of birth and by de facto prohibiting it. adoption to same-sex couples.
Member since 2004 of the EU whose Charter of Fundamental Rights prohibits any discrimination based on sexual orientation, this country is regularly accused by Brussels of violations of the rule of law.
It has been targeted since 2018 by a procedure – Article 7 of the Treaty – launched by the European Parliament for “serious violation” of EU values, which can in theory lead to sanctions, but which is currently at a standstill.