Navracsics Stands by CEU

April 2, 2017

The following is a translation from the index.hu article in Hungarian:

"Central European University is one of the most important higher education institutions not only in Hungary, but also in the European higher education system," - Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

News portal index.hu interviewed Tibor Navracsics EU Commissioner Tuesday afternoon, before the proposed amendments to the National Higher Education Act, which if passed would make it impossible for the Central European University (CEU) to continue its operations as an institution of higher education in Budapest, were made public; thus, the interview didn’t touch on the case of CEU. After students, faculty, academics, diplomats, and politicians stood up against the planned legislation, index.hu didn’t want to publish the interview without the European Commissioner for Education making a statement.

On Wednesday, the proposed amendment was discussed at the meeting of the political leaders of the European Commission. Navracsics then said they were looking into the matter. Today Navracsics added in writing: "Central European University is one of the most important higher education institutions not only in Hungary, but also in the European Higher Education Area.Therefore, I think it’s important that after the correction of possible irregularities, it can continue to operate in Budapest undisturbed."