Meath East TD, and Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne has revealed that Ireland has supported a declaration by the Benelux countries that expresses grave concerns regarding the Hungarian Parliament’s adoption of amendments to a bill that discriminates against the LGBTQIA+ community in Hungary.
Byrne gave Ireland’s support to the declaration at the General Affairs Council Meeting in Luxembourg on 22 June. The Benelux-led declaration criticises Hungary’s unacceptable use of child protection as a pretext for introducing measures that violate freedom of expression as enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and unjustifiably target the LGBTQI+ community in Hungary.
“I wholeheartedly endorse this declaration initiated by the Benelux member states that criticises this most recent anti-LGBTQI+ turn by Hungary. Legislation of the kind recently introduced by the Hungary Assembly has no place in the European Union. The EU is founded on fundamental values including equality and respect for human dignity and human rights; this bill is an affront to these principles. I once again urge Hungary to reconsider this measure. I echo the Declaration’s call for the European Commission to use all of the tools at its disposal to ensure Hungary respects EU law”, Byrne concluded.