Poles among MEPs calling for resolution on EU as "LGBTIQ freedom zone"

The European Parliament is to debate a resolution on declaring the European Union an 'LGBTIQ freedom zone', supported by some of Polish MEPs.

The resolution was proposed by the MEPs from the European Peoples Party, Renew Europe, the Greens and the Left, with Polish MEP also among those putting their names to the motion. They were: Andrzej Halicki (Civic Platform, PO), Łukasz Kohut (Wisona, Spring), Leszek Miller (Democratic Left Alliance, SLD), Robert Biedroń (Spring), Marek Belka (SLD), Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz (SLD) and Sylwia Spurek (Greens).

The resolution was prepared by the parliament's LBGTQ Intergroup to show solidarity with the LGBTQ community. "The Commission should not hesitate to use all tools… in order to address violations of the fundamental rights of LGBTIQ people everywhere in the Union," the resolution reads.

The MEPs that brought the motion consider LGBTQ rights to be fundamental rights and therefore protected by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights as well as the EU treaties, which guarantee equal treatment and non-discrimination.

The resolution states that these rights should be fully respected. "Combating inequality in the EU is a shared responsibility, requiring joint efforts and action at every level of government."

The document also refers to Poland and mentions, among other, controversial local authority resolutions against 'LGBT ideology'. The proposed text is also critical of the Polish government's efforts to support sexual minorities.

The resolution will be debated by the parliament on Wednesday next week with a vote to be held on Thursday.