After the so-called. public protest The Foreign Ministry decided to join the joint declaration of the 14 EU countries condemning the Hungarian anti-LGBT law.
Deputy Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis tweeted Wednesday afternoon:
Greece is co-signing the declaration on the anti LGBTQI Hungarian law after the relevant rule of law hearing at the GAC. We urged the Commission to take action on the matter #LGBTQI
– Varvitsiotis Miltiadis (@MVarvitsiotis) June 23, 2021
Previously, Greece was not among the 14 EU member states that signed a declaration condemning Hungarian anti-LGBT law.
Europe’s #LGBT divide.
With Italy’s late signature, these are the 14 EU countries that signed today’s statement condemning Hungary’s new law banning ‘displaying or promoting “homosexuality to people under 18.
Portugal didn’t sign because it currently holds the EU presidency. pic.twitter.com/OtttcMUsz7
– Dave Keating (@DaveKeating) June 22, 2021
Greece’s reaction came after the European Commission announced legal action against Hungary on Wednesday morning, and its president, Ursula von der Leyen, said that “the Hungarian bill is a shame!”
Greece initially ignored this declaration, but, under pressure from the “senior” EU colleagues, hurried in advance and then “reacted angrily.” Citing pressure from the public, which allegedly demanded an explanation from the government why it did not sign the declaration. There were phrases about the “organization” of Greece and the like.
🚨🚨🚨 The Commission will to announce legal steps against Hungary’s new anti-gay legislation. “This Hungarian bill is a shame,” @vonderleyen is to say shortly, at her presser with Belgian PM De Croo that’s. about to start. https://t.co/SHBMEFXRQt
– Florian Eder (@florianeder) June 23, 2021