Hungary spokesman says ‘parental issues don’t belong in EU’
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BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis has called Zoltan Kovacs out for “creating a hostile environment” many young people growing up. It comes after the Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Relations of Hungary has expressed that “parental issues do not belong to the European Union”.
On 15 July, Brussels launched legal action against Hungary’s new anti-LGBTQ Law, which bans LGBT content in school or TV shows for under-18s.
The Hungarian Government said it is meant to protect children but critics of the legislation believe it links homosexuality with paedophilia.
Speaking on BBC Newsnight, Ms Maitlis confronted the politician with criticism from Von der Leyen, saying the Hungarian Government is “using the protection of children, which everyone, of course, wants as an excuse to discriminate against people”, which she called “disgraceful”.
She said: “You know that the EU Commission said it’s incompatible with international human rights standards.
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“You know, that the Netherlands has told you to respect LGBT rights or leave the EU block.”
“And I believe the treaty is very clear about competencies, and the rights on behalf of the European institutions.”
He continued: “We clearly know, it’s clearly written in the treaty that school and parental issues do not belong to the European Union.
“We are very firm on that legal standard and we are not going to let it happen in the stealth mode. The European institutions are trying to take away legal elements of your constitutional system actually.”
However, Emily Maitlis continued to grill Kovacs. She said: “This is about child protection, but not in the way you think.
“You are creating a hostile environment for many young people growing up.
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“72 percent of LGBTQ Hungarians are nervous to show their feelings in public, that you don’t want to see LGBTQ Hungarians feel unsafe on their streets because of the law your government is introducing.”
In response, Kovacs said they are hosting a referendum in order for the Hungarians to “express their true opinion”.
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