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’s position has been clear from day one: we want to remain in Budapest awarding the American accredited masters and doctoral degrees. We see no educational justification for an American campus. We favor resolution through a new New York-Hungarian bilateral agreement. We have been calling for a negotiated solution for six weeks.
CEU does not seek a status that is “above the law”: it merely seeks the legal right to continue in Budapest as it has done for more than 20 years. Lex CEU is an unacceptable infringement of our academic freedom, exacerbated by unrealistic deadlines. If the law is not repealed or modified, we cannot continue to operate in the city that is our home.
If the government were listening, they would have heard our message clearly in Budapest. We have every right to make our case in Brussels, Berlin or anywhere else.
It is the government of Hungary that is responsible for Hungary’s reputation overseas, not CEU.
The government well knows that we have asked them to begin discussions with the state of NY and no discussions or negotiations have occurred so far.
The inter-ministerial group clearly told us they would not negotiate with us, and while we will provide any information to anyone as needed, meetings with this group are a delaying tactic.
The university is not owned by anyone. It is a fully independent self-governing institution and claims to the contrary are both false and defamatory.
CEU COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
COLLEEN SHARKEY | International Media Relations Manager
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