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EU blocks funding for six towns that declared themselves 'LGBT-Free Zones'

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Demonstrators hold a huge rainbow flag during a protest on June 20, 2020 in Warsaw, Poland. People took part in a demonstration under the slogan "People, not an ideology" against hatred addressed towards the LGBT community by the ruling party PiS (Law & Justice) representatives during the ongoing presidential campaign. (Photo by Aleksander Kalka/NurPhoto)

The European Union has denied funding to six Polish towns that declared themselves to be "LGBT-Free Zones."

(CNN)The European Union has denied funding to six Polish towns that declared themselves to be "LGBT-Free Zones. "

In announcing the decision on Thursday, the European Commission said it was affirming that the union stands for equality for all people.

"EU values and fundamental rights must be respected by Member States and state authorities," European Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, wrote on Twitter.

"This is why six town-twinning applications involving Polish authorities that adopted 'LGBTI free zones' or 'family rights' resolutions were rejected," she added.

The towns, which have not been identified, had applied to join the European Union's twinning program, which links towns together "to guarantee peaceful relations" and "reinforce mutual understanding and friendship" between European citizens.

Jahnz told CNN he was "not at liberty" to identify the rejected applications, adding: "We do not disclose the applicants who were rejected to get EU funds, this is a really a principle of equality of treatment that is at the heart of our selection processes. "

In a statement on Twitter, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said: "Our treaties in Europe ensure that every person in Europe is free to be who they are, live where they like, love who they want and aim as high as they want.

In March, the International Observatory of Human Rights said one-third of Polish towns had declared themselves "free from LGBTI ideology" since 2019.

Earlier this month a city in the Netherlands severed ties with its sister city in Poland after the latter declared itself an "LGBT-free zone. "

The Nieuwegein City Council called on the municipal executive council to sever ties on July 13 after becoming aware of recent reports on the treatment of members of the LGBT community in Pulawy.

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