Ministers to Resign From Boards of Trustees of Foundation Unis

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Ministers with seats on the boards of trustees of foundation universities have announced their resignation from the bodies effective February 15, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister's Office, said at a weekly press briefing on Thursday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

Justice Minister Judit Varga, Ministry of Energy Affairs Csaba Lantos, Construction and Transport Minister János Lázár, Finance Minister Mihály Varga, Agriculture Minister István Nagy, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó and Regional Development Minister Tibor Navracsics announced their resignations from the boards of trustees at the end of a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Gulyás said.

He added that the government expects all state secretaries, deputy state secretaries, and ministerial and government commissioners to follow suit.

The European Commission has raised concerns over politicians' positions on the boards of trustees of foundation universities due to potential conflict of interest.

In the interest of reaching "reasonable compromises," Gulyás said the government is prepared to address the EC's concerns even if they have "no basis in community law".

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