CEU Welcomes EPP’s Clear Defense of Academic Freedom and Support For CEU

Budapest, April 29 – Central European University (CEU) welcomes the European People’s Party (EPP) call for the Hungarian authorities “to take all necessary steps” to comply with the European Commission’s finding that lex CEU violates European law. CEU also notes the announcement that “Prime Minister [Viktor] Orban has reassured the EPP that Hungary will act accordingly.”

CEU notes that the Hungarian government’s major allies in the European Parliament sent a clear message to Prime Minister Orban that they will not accept “that any basic freedoms are restricted or rule of law is disregarded. This includes academic freedom and the autonomy of universities.”

CEU hopes that the Hungarian government will act on the following statement:
“The EPP wants the CEU to remain open, deadlines suspended and dialogue with the U.S. to begin.”

CEU thanks the European People’s Party for this unequivocal statement of support for our academic freedom. We call on the Hungarian government to initiate discussions immediately with the relevant U.S. authorities—in this case, the State of New York—to conclude an agreement that guarantees CEU’s right to remain in Budapest as a free institution.

“We are grateful for the EPP’s call to suspend the deadlines and start negotiations,” said CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff. “We have called for negotiations from the beginning and we want them to reach a successful conclusion so that we can get back to work.”

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