On April 4, 2017 the Hungarian Parliament voted in favor of a plan to regulate foreign-based universities, prompting widespread protests and criticism from both academic experts and the general public. The National Higher Education Law, widely interpreted as targeting the operations of the Central European University (CEU), introduced new requirements for foreign universities operating in Hungary under an extremely tight deadline, putting at risk the continued functioning of the institutions. In response, the European Commission took legal action against Hungary by launching infringement proceedings. According to the Commission’s assessment, Hungary's law was not compatible with fundamental EU freedoms, including the freedom to provide services, the freedom of establishment, and academic freedom in general. In October, the National Assembly voted to extend the deadlines by which the new requirements had to be met by one calendar year. By the end of the year, however, the government had failed to strike an agreement with the State of New York that would allow for the continued operations of the CEU.


(Last updated: August 30 , 2021)


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