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May 05, 2017

Hungary's position not being heard in debate over act on higher education

The new legislation is not particularly strict given the fact that this institution, CEU, could not operate at all in certain German states, Hungary's government spokesperson said

The Hungarian government is the only party not being heard in the international dispute surrounding the amended act on higher education, Hungary's government spokesperson has said.

“Only one participant’s right to be heard has been restricted in the international dispute that has erupted with regard to the amendment to the Act on Higher Education, and it is that of the Hungarian government," Zoltán Kovács said.

“We have experienced similar in 2010-2011, and with regard to the media act, the Fundamental Law and a host of other measures," he said, stressing that the aim of the measure is to ensure that all universities operating in Hungary do so under the same conditions.

Kovács highlighted that the new legislation is not particularly strict given the fact that this institution could not operate at all in certain German states. “People must understand that in the world the making of decisions continues to operate within a state framework," he said.

With relation to the requirement of an inter-governmental agreement concerning the operation of the institution, Kovács declared that “if such huge support has been successfully gained to fend off a non-existent threat, then I am absolutely sure CEU can muster the same political support in the interests of protecting an existing entity”.