European Commission watches Hungary’s constitutional amendment, student contracts

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The European Commission will follow closely the planned constitutional amendments, said spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen said on Wednesday.    She said the Commission would not comment on the amendment until it had seen the text of its final approved version.    The Commission trusts that the Hungarian authorities will continue to deliver on their commitments and that Hungarian laws will concord with EU law “both in letter and spirit”, she said, adding that the commission, as always, would consider the use of any tools provided by its treaties to enforce EU law.    The European Commission is evaluating Hungary’s response to concerns raised over student contracts requiring graduates to stay in the country to work if they receive a state grant, Laszlo Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, said in Budapest on Tuesday.    In November last year, the commission also asked Hungary to clarify whether its regulation requiring students to work double the amount of time they received a state tuition grant was in line with EU law. Commission representatives are in an “intensive exchange with representatives of Hungary’s Human Resources Ministry regarding the student contracts,” he said at a conference.     

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