In a ground-breaking move, more than half of the EU member states have come together to support the European Commission’s infringement action against Hungary. The countries supporting the move include Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Finland, France, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Slovenia.
This development highlights the collective will of the majority of EU countries to actively take steps towards ensuring effective respect for EU law and the fundamental rights of every citizen in the Union.
The infringement action is directed against Hungary’s controversial anti-LGBTQI+ law, which has been widely criticised by the EU as being discriminatory and in violation of fundamental human rights. With the political support of the aforementioned member states and the European Parliament, the EU now awaits further procedures at the Court of Justice of the EU.
However, there is a possibility that Hungary may ignore a successful infringement, leading the EU to continue monitoring the implementation of the anti-LGBTQI+ law to support the Hungarian community and document any human rights violations.
The support of these 14 member states is a significant step towards promoting the values of the EU and upholding the rights of every citizen. It also serves as a message to other countries within the EU that may be contemplating similar laws that such discriminatory legislation will not be tolerated.
The EU’s response to Hungary’s anti-LGBTQI+ law demonstrates a commitment to upholding fundamental human rights and ensuring that every citizen in the Union is treated equally. The collective support of over half of the EU member states highlights the strength of unity and the EU’s determination to uphold its values.