COP15, the UN biodiversity summit, has begun. The Czech EU presidency says Hungary was jeopardising the EU’s united position on gender issues, based on an article published on politico.eu.
The Czech Presidency of the European Union has written to the ambassadors of all 27 Member States suggesting that Hungary was threatening the bloc’s global leadership on gender equality, politico.eu wrote. They did not write down the name of the country jeopardizing the joint EU standpoint, two EU diplomats pinpointed the news outlet the country: Hungary.
Ambassadors meeting on Wednesday wanted the EU to push for inclusive gender language in the COP15 UN biodiversity negotiations. The Montreal talks want to extend the definition of gender beyond the male-female pole.
However, according to Politico, Hungary’s ambassador said that was completely unacceptable. This leaves the EU unable to speak with a single voice and, according to the Czechs, puts the EU’s global leadership at stake and raises credibility concerns.
It is not only Hungary that has problems, but Bulgaria too. Bulgaria has not renounced the EU position, but the country’s constitutional court has taken a position on gender definition that is contrary to the EU.
In the previous versions of this article, we erroneously wrote that a certain Czech ambassador made the statement about Hungary’s refusal to join the EU’s united position on gender issues. We do apologize for that error.