Fourteen EU countries support the European lawsuit against Hungarian LGBTI legislation. Among them are also heavyweights Germany and France. The Netherlands had already reported that it was in favor of the lawsuit.
The legislation against the “promotion” of homosexuality and “transgender ideology”, introduced by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s government two years ago, is further narrowing sexual minorities in Hungary, according to critics.
The European Commission spoke of a “disgrace” and started criminal proceedings, which have now brought Brussels and Budapest before the European courts. The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg can impose a fine or penalty on Hungary if it is indeed wrong.
After the Benelux countries, of the 27 EU member states, Austria, Ireland, Malta, Denmark, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia, Finland and Greece have also joined the Commission’s lawsuit against Hungary, it appears on Friday. Germany and France did the same at the last minute. The European Parliament has already expressed its support.
Hungary takes the support from Finland and Sweden in particular highly. The Hungarian government had expected otherwise from Finland, because Budapest recently agreed to join NATO. Sweden does not yet have that agreement and it is not getting any closer, Hungary hints.
Sweden has no idea what is bothering Hungary, Foreign Minister Tobias Billström told Bloomberg news agency earlier this week. He does not see how he can meet Hungary and simply expects the green light.