Three other Polish regions have revoked their self-proclaimed anti-LGBT status for fear of losing European Union funds after Swietokrzyskie became the first province to revoke its status last week.
On Monday, councilors from the south-eastern regions of Podkarpackie and Lubelskie, as well as from Małopolska south, announced that they had repealed their LGBT-free statements.
In a statement on the decision to drop the opposition to “LGBT” ideology, Małopolska adviser Witold Kozłowski said no official “Were ready to take their responsibilities” for leaving the region without EU funds.
He explained that the initial statement was made to express the “Importance and value of the family” in the strongly Catholic region.
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The latest revocations come after Swietokrzyskie became the first region to overturn its 2019 decision last week. It had been implemented to demonstrate the “opposition to attempts to introduce LGBT ideology into local government communities and the promotion of this ideology in public life.
Earlier this month, Brussels issued an ultimatum to regional authorities in five Polish provinces: either drop anti-LGBT statutes or lose EU funding.
Unlike other regions, Małopolska’s movement marks a complete U-turn compared to its previous actions. In August, its regional council voted to maintain its anti-LGBT status despite some 2.5 billion euros [$3 billion] in EU funding being at stake.
The treatment of their LGBT populations by Warsaw and Budapest has been a point of contention between Brussels and the two central European countries.
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In July, the European Commission announced that it was taking legal action against the two member states for violating the human rights of its LGBT citizens.
Poland’s legal offenses involved declaring around 100 “LGBT-free” areas across the country. Brussels considers this incompatible with the bloc’s ethics of non-discrimination.
Earlier this year, the European Parliament declared the entire bloc “LGBTIQ Freedom Zone” partly in response to statements from Poland, but also to the deteriorating situation in Hungary.
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