EP committee expresses serious concerns over CEU

EU

The European Parliamentʼs Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) has expressed serious criticisms regarding the situation in Hungary in areas of its concern. A similar position was expressed last month by the EP Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).

The CULT opinion, approved with a vote of 13:4 at a meeting today, said it regrets that the European Commissionʼs attempts to settle the legal dispute with the Hungarian government over amendments to the Higher Education Law - which affect the operations of the Central European University (CEU) in particular - had not met with success. Hungary has the right to have its own education laws, but these must not run counter to internal market freedoms, it added, cited by national news agency MTI.

CULT acknowledged that Hungarian authorities had acted on some recommendations by the EP, but said it was a matter of concern that the issue of CEUʼs compliance with the amended legislation was dragging on. The committee urged the government to sign an agreement that would allow the institutionʼs continued operation, noting that CEU had now fulfilled the necessary requirements.

CULT said it believes that the situation in the field of higher education and Roma education, as well as the situation in the media and among NGOs in Hungary, represents a clear risk of a serious breach of the values referred to in Article 2 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and warrants the launch of the Article 7 procedure.

Such a procedure could ultimately strip Hungary of its EU voting rights. However, this would require a unanimous vote by all other member states, which analysts say is unlikely.

The EPʼs LIBE committee had asked CULT to attach its opinion to a report it is preparing on Hungary.

ADVERTISEMENT

Business confidence falls slightly in June Analysis

Business confidence falls slightly in June

Lawmakers approve 2022 budget Parliament

Lawmakers approve 2022 budget

Duncan Graham reelected as BCCH president Appointments

Duncan Graham reelected as BCCH president

Budapest launches revamped coupon card for visitors City

Budapest launches revamped coupon card for visitors

SUPPORT THE BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL

Producing journalism that is worthy of the name is a costly business. For 27 years, the publishers, editors and reporters of the Budapest Business Journal have striven to bring you business news that works, information that you can trust, that is factual, accurate and presented without fear or favor.
Newspaper organizations across the globe have struggled to find a business model that allows them to continue to excel, without compromising their ability to perform. Most recently, some have experimented with the idea of involving their most important stakeholders, their readers.
We would like to offer that same opportunity to our readers. We would like to invite you to help us deliver the quality business journalism you require. Hit our Support the BBJ button and you can choose the how much and how often you send us your contributions.