Hungary's foreign minister has welcomed news that the US State Department is planning to send a delegation to Budapest to inquire about the recently amended higher education law and a motion concerning transparency of civil groups.
According to MTI, Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said that when the US delegation arrives, the government “will receive them and tell them all”.
Concerning the draft law on civil groups, Minister Szijjártó said the planned requirement of registration for organizations receiving foreign support would not cause difficulties in their operation.
On April 3, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that the governments of Hungary and the US will discuss the issue of Budapest’s Central European University in connection with new regulations on universities financed from foreign sources.
Referring to the future of CEU, which some observers say is jeopardized by the new legislation, the prime minister said that "we will ask the Americans what they want”. Under the new law, foreign universities can only continue in Hungary if their operations are governed by an interstate agreement.