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Apr 04, 2017

PM Orbán says Hungary will sit down with US government to discuss CEU

PM Orbán said Hungary “will sit down to negotiate with the Americans about what they would like" in relation to CEU

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has said the Hungarian government will sit down with the United States of America to negotiate the matter of the Central European University (CEU).

The prime minister said "the Hungarian government – and also, I am sure, the government of the United States of America , will be motivated by good intentions, so there is no need for alarm on anyone’s part”.

When asked about the future of CEU, the prime minister said "we will sit down to negotiate with the Americans about what they would like”.

“There are regulations in Hungary, which 27 foreign universities – including the ‘Soros university’ – do not abide by; these regulations are what we must now put in order," PM Orbán stated.

Based on the amendment to the act on higher education, in future foreign institutions of higher education that provide degrees will only be able to operate in Hungary if there exists an intergovernmental agreement to support their operations.