A Polish regional council voted last Thursday to remain an “LGBT-free zone” despite a warning from the European Union that it could lose funding, but its head said the declaration of the zone had been misunderstood and could be rewritten.
Numerous local authorities in Poland have declared themselves free of so-called “LGBT ideology” as gay rights have become a high-profile and deeply divisive issue in the predominantly Catholic country under conservative nationalist rule.
This has set Poland on a collision course with the European Commission, which says the zones may violate EU law when it comes to non-discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation.
The southern Malopolska region said it had received a warning letter saying it could lose more than €2.5 billion of EU funds unless it revokes the declaration made in 2019 by mid-September.
Last Thursday the regional assembly voted on an opposition motion to revoke the resolution. But it was rejected by party representatives.