Speaking from the Parliament Building in Budapest on Monday, April 3, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was asked about the proposed legislative amendment affecting foreign universities and told reporters that “the Hungarian Cabinet and the Government of the United States of America will sit down to negotiate the matter of the Central European University.”

When asked specifically about the future of the CEU, he said that “We will sit down to negotiate with the Americans about what they would like.” Prime Minister Orbán added that “The Hungarian government – and also, I am sure, the Government of the United States of America, will be motivated by good intentions, so there is no need for alarm on anyone’s part”.

At the same time, the Prime Minister stressed that “there are regulations in Hungary, which 27 foreign universities – including the ‘Soros university’ – do not abide by; these regulations are what we must now put in order.” The proposed legislative amendment to the Act on Higher Education by Parliament would require institutions of higher education that provide degrees to obtain an intergovernmental agreement before they could begin operating in Hungary.

(Cabinet Office of the Prime Minister/MTI)