"I remember Hungary in the early 1980s. When I went to Budapest, I had to go through iron gates and incredible scrutiny and felt this feeling of oppression... This is gone! And this is the biggest achievement of our generation! That is why I will continue to fight for everything pertaining to liberty, openness and European cooperation. And the Central European University has been a pearl in the crown of Central Europe in forming a new generation of European leaders that see east and west as geographical denominations, not moral or political denominations. This is of such great value that it deserves to be protected. That is why my colleagues Modeas and Navracsics spoke out so clearly in favour of the Central European University," Vice President Frans Timmermans said after the debate on April 12 in the College of Commissioners.