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Petition to European People's Party Congress, EPP , Manfred Weber, Alexander Stubb, Antonio LÓPEZ-ISTÚRIZ WHITE, Siegfried Muresan, Christian KREMER, Luc VANDEPUTTE, Brenda FURNIERE, Sara PINI, Luis Fernando Blanco, Pilar SANTAMARIA, Maite ZABALETA, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,, , , , , , , , , , , , ,, ,

Pressure Orbán to allow CEU to remain in Budapest

Since April 2017, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his far-right ruling party Fidesz have threatened the Central European University (CEU) with expulsion from its home in Budapest on political grounds. Despite CEU’s full compliance with conditions set by the Hungarian government in the so-called “Lex CEU”, the government refuses to sign a deal before the 1 December deadline. This deal would allow CEU to permanently operate as a free and independent academic institution in Budapest. An attack on CEU is an attack on academic freedom, rule of law, the jobs of 1,500 faculty and staff members, and the democratic values upon which Europe has been built. Orbán's assaults on free and critical thought did not start with CEU. And they will not end with CEU.  Manfred Weber, European People's Party (EPP) group leader in the European Parliament, has publicly stated that Orbán crosses a red line if he forces CEU out of Hungary. EPP, with the 1 December deadline approaching fast, where is your red line? This week, the EPP Congress will meet in Helsinki. Stand with CEU and fight for academic freedom in Hungary and beyond, and call on the EPP to pressure Orbán to sign the deal. Stand up to Fidesz. Stand for academic freedom in Europe. Stand with CEU. ----- We, the undersigned, demand that the European People’s Party: enforces their core values of freedom and democracy among its member parties; pressures Orbán and his ruling Fidesz party to uphold academic freedom in Hungary; and pushes the Hungarian government to sign the deal that allows CEU to keep operating in Budapest as a free and independent institution.

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Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to His Excellency János Áder, His Excellency Viktor Orbán, M.P., Rt. Hon. Zoltán Balog, M.P.

Save Central European University

Legislation has been introduced in Hungary's National Assembly (Országgyűlés) that specifically targets Central European University, one of the most prestigious universities in Central and Eastern Europe. CEU is a private university “dedicated to socially and morally responsible intellectual inquiry.” It is accredited in both Hungary and the United States, and recognized through a specific Hungarian law in its name, and funded independently by a founding endowment, philanthropic gifts, foundation grants, partnerships, tuition income and research grants. CEU is highly ranked, and annually serves approx. 1500 students from over 100 countries. Concerns about a “potential foreign influence” have led the populist Orbán government to target CEU. The proposed amendments to the Act CCIV of 2011 on National Higher Education, which have been introduced into parliament on March 28, 2017, specifically aim to: prohibit Central European University from operating under its present name as-is, unless its changes the name of its Hungarian entity; impose work permit vetting by the Hungarian government on non-EU faculty;  prevent CEU from issuing US degrees to its students through its Hungarian entity even though Hungary and the US are both OECD members; require CEU to open a campus in the state of New York. The official response from CEU describes the legislation as purposefully “discriminatory and unacceptable” and argues that the amendments will make the university's continued operation as a “free and independent international graduate university” impossible.  We, scholars, students and supporters of free and unbiased scientific research and education call on the Hungarian National Assembly to drop the proposed legislation and to enter negotiations with the leadership of CEU that will ultimately allow this prestigious university to remain a proud contributor to scientific discourse in Hungary. Updated on 29 March 2017 at 20:47 to include minor corrections.

Lutz Krebs
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