US still urges Hungary to suspend implementation of Lex CEU

May 23, 2017

The United States still refuses to be dragged into Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s politically-motivated assault on Central European University in Budapest. The US State Department released the following statement Tuesday:

The United States again urges the Government of Hungary to suspend implementation of its amended higher education law, which places discriminatory, onerous requirements on U.S.-accredited institutions in Hungary and threatens academic freedom and independence.

The Government of Hungary should engage directly with affected institutions to find a resolution that allows them to continue to function freely and provide greater educational opportunity for the citizens of Hungary and the region.

The U.S Government has no authority or intention to enter into negotiations on the operation of Central European University or other universities in Hungary.