Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences urges no vote on Lex CEU

April 4, 2017

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is urging Hungarian lawmakers to vote against the controversial proposed bill on higher education, or Lex CEU, declaring that it would be a step in the direction of restricting scientific freedom.

“The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is concerned when proposals are made to reduce academic freedom and the working conditions at universities,” the Academy writes. “We have been informed about the ongoing discussion in the Hungarian Parliament regarding new legislation that affects the universities in Hungary. We urge the Hungarian lawmakers to refrain from decisions that restrict scientific freedom and educational quality.”

The statement is signed by Professor Christina Moberg, President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and General Secretary Professor Göran K. Hansson.