Members of the European Parliament are asking Hungary to cease a pro-life ad campaign which was at least partially financed with EU funds that were for “anti-discrimination” campaigns.
“Using EU money from the Progress programme or any other EU source to promote an anti-abortion campaign is an abuse and is incompatible with EU values,” French Socialist MEP Sylvie Guillaume said about the campaign.
European Commission EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding said the campaign is “not in line with the project proposal submitted by the Hungarian authorities and therefore the Commission asked to stop this part of the campaign without further delay and to remove all remaining posters.” If Hungary failed to do so, Reding said she will “start procedures to terminate the agreement and draw the necessary conclusions, including financial.”
The European Commission (EC), is like the “Executive Branch” of the European Union, with each country having one representative. The President of the EC is the “European President” in a certain sense, although the EU has a rotating presidency that goes to the individual member states for 6 months at a time.
I saw some of the posters in the Budapest Metro, and it is apparent that they are causing quite a stir. They encourage respect for preborn life and adoption. One ad reads, “I might understand that you’re not ready for me yet. But think twice, and put me up for adoption. Let me live!”
The feminists from the EU must think they can castigate Hungary because the EU provided at least some of the funds used for the ad campaign, and the Hungarian government may not have provided them with complete information about the campaign in advance. It is indeed unlikely that the EU/EC would have approved such expenditures given their radical anti-life bent had they known their purpose, but this is precisely the problem with national sovereignty that many have been pointing out since before the EU even was officially established.
Once this very powerful – and unelected – bureaucracy in the EC starts handing out money, it feels as if it not only dictates overarching EU policy, but even the policy of member states. The international law in these cases is murky, and the EU tends to punish those who get out of line. When it comes to life and family issues especially, the countries suffering under increasingly authoritarian EU rule need to find a way to reclaim their national sovereignty while still functioning in a rapidly changing multinational environment.