Press Releases

Gauck To Receive Open Society Prize

Budapest, May 30, 2017 – Mr. Joachim Gauck has been awarded the 2017 Open Society Prize in recognition of his courageous defense of human rights and his distinguished record in the service of free societies. Mr. Gauck, called “a true teacher of democracy” by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, served as president of Germany from 2012 to 2017.

CEU Welcomes Statement By New York Governor Indicating Willingness To Start Talks With Hungarian Government

Budapest, May 24, 2017 – Central European University (CEU) welcomes today’s statement by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo indicating his readiness to enter into discussions “without delay” with the Hungarian government about the amendments to the Higher Education Act that particularly target CEU. Cuomo’s statement is timely, since Hungary has until tomorrow to respond to the European Commission’s letter of formal notice that it has launched infringement proceedings. The European Parliament’s resolution of May 17 called on the Hungarian government to enter into negotiations with the U.S.

CEU Refutes Government Statements Made At Today's Regular Press Conference

Budapest, May 18, 2017 – At today’s government press conference, Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office Janos Lazar and Hungarian government spokesperson Zoltan Kovacs made a series of inaccurate and defamatory statements about CEU.

CEU Welcomes European Parliament Call to Repeal Lex CEU; Calls Again For Negotiations

Budapest, May 17, 2017 – Central European University (CEU) welcomes the resolution passed by a majority in the European Parliament calling for repeal of Lex CEU. An amendment further calls on the government “to immediately suspend all deadlines in the act amending the National Higher Education Act, to start immediate dialogue with the relevant US authorities in order to guarantee the future operations of the CEU issuing US-accredited degrees and to make a public commitment that the university can remain in Budapest as a free institution.”

CEU Refutes Allegations Regarding Research Funding, Employment, And Taxes

Budapest, May 5, 2017 – Central European University (CEU) strongly refutes the false allegations published today in an article of a speculative and deceptive nature in Magyar Idok regarding the legality of university employment contracts, tax payments, and research funding. This is another scurrilous attack against a university that is proud to have complied with the Hungarian law for over 20 years and contributed significant amounts in taxes to the Hungarian state. This is extremely low-level journalism, with no factual basis. In reality, the facts are as follows: