‘Kraśnik and municipalities with similar declarations have not received project support in the current financing period and will not receive such support as long as these declarations remain valid. This also applies to all institutions under the control of the municipal authorities,’ said Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Soreide, referring to the Polish ‘LGBT ideology-free zones’.
Her position was posted on the Norwegian parliament’s website on 14 September. This was the response to a question from MP and former minister, Anniken Huitfeldt, about the award of funds to municipalities which have passed resolutions on ‘LGBT-free zones’.
These are funds from the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (EEA Funds), the so-called Norwegian funds. They comprise funds that Norway, Liechtenstein, and Iceland transfer to EU countries as non-refundable financing in the form of development aid in return for their participation in the common EU area. Poland is their largest beneficiary.
‘Such declarations are inconsistent with the values on which European cooperation is based. There are also premises for stating that they breach the European Convention on Human Rights. LGBT people are entitled to the same protection against breaches of their personal rights and freedoms as all other citizens of Europe,’ explained the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Municipalities that declared themselves ‘LGBT ideology-free zones’ will not receive funding from Norwegian funds. This means a loss of €3–10 million for Kraśnik alone.