Budapest, April 27 – Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office Janos Lazar claimed at today's government press conference that the infringement proceedings only concern the provision of services, and not academic freedom. This is false. The European Commission said, and we quote, "the law is not compatible with the fundamental internal market freedoms, notably the freedom to provide services and the freedom of establishment but also with the right of academic freedom, the right to education and the freedom to conduct a business as provided by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, as well as with the Union's legal obligations under international trade law."
Separately, CEU understands that the Ministry of Human Capacities is forming a working
group to negotiate with universities. We look forward to the start of negotiations. CEU believes that by working directly through areas of disagreement, we can arrive at a solution that allows CEU to remain in Budapest, with degrees accredited in Hungary and the United States, operating in freedom.