Poland pushes-back, gives money to ‘LGBT free’ towns denied EU funding.
At least a few states (Poland and Hungary) are not rolling-over to the demands of Brussels.
Yes, the money is symbolic, but the message is loud and clear.
– Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro, the leader of the Catholic-nationalist United Poland party, handed over a symbolic cheque of 250,000 zloty (€57,000) to the mayor of Tuchow at a ceremony on Tuesday.
The money Tuchow will receive from the government is thee times the amount it had applied for under the EU twinning programme, Ziobro said.
He also doubled down on his accusation that Brussels is discriminating against Polish local governments and that last month’s decision was “lawless and ideologically motivated”.
He said the grant rejections were “a foretaste” of what the Commission would do to Poland in the event Brussels imposed an “unlawful mechanism” to link access to EU funds to respect for the rule of law.
* The above paragraph will be a never-ending battle. The EU, especially after Brexit, will push hard for unlimited control and to increase the scope of Brussels.
Hungary and Poland may be the last two resisting.