Anti-LGBT declaration still valid in Poland's southern province

The Malopolskie provincial assembly has not annulled a so called anti-LGBT declaration despite a call from the European Commission (EC) to do so or face the possibility of losing EU funding.

In July, the EC sent a letter to local government activists in the southern province telling them that the EU might suspend assistance funding for the region if the anti-LGBT declaration, adopted in 2019, would be still in force.

According to the EC, the document violates the rights of sexual minorities.

Despite the threat, the provincial council voted to maintain the declaration by a vote of 23 to 14.

In mid-July, the EC launched an infringement procedure against Poland over resolutions declaring "LGBT-free zones" in a number of Polish municipalities.

"In relation to Poland, the Commission considers that the Polish authorities failed to fully and appropriately respond to its inquiry regarding the nature and impact of the so-called 'LGBT-ideology free zones' resolutions adopted by several Polish regions and municipalities," the Commission said at that time.

Poland was given one month to respond and, if the country fails to comply, the EC may take the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Over 100 Polish local governments have passed such resolutions, which triggered protests from LGBT people in Poland and abroad as well as causing a diplomatic backlash.

In February, the south-eastern Podkarpackie province lost EUR 1.7 million in Norway and EEA Grants funding after its regional assembly passed a resolution against "LGBT ideology".