Gays from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine will not have to pay visa fees to go to Warsaw gay pride.
According to EU Observer:
The Polish foreign ministry has told Warsaw gay pride organisers that people from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine who want to take part in the march in June will temporarily be able to enter the EU for free.
The costs of a visa to enter the EU’s so-called Schengen zone is normally ?35 for Russians and Ukrainians and ?60 for Belarusians, a big outlay in a country where the average wage is around ?300 a month.
A Warsaw-based spokesman for the Polish EU presidency, Konrad Niklewicz, said the government is not interested in reputation-building in the run-up to taking over the EU chairmanship in July.
“Minority rights and gender equality are not specific parts of the presidency programme. These are values which the Polish government has always defended, whether there is a presidency or not,” he said.
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