European Commission steps up infringement procedure over higher education law against Hungary
The European Commission on Thursday said it stepped up an infringement procedure against Hungary over amendments to its higher education law tightening rules governing the operations of foreign universities in the country.
The EC said it has sent the Hungarian government a reasoned opinion — the second step in an infringement procedure — on the issue.
Hungary now has one month to amend the law in question so that it complies with EU rules.
The EC launched the infringement procedure at the end of April, shortly after parliament passed the amendments.
Critics of the law have said it puts the operations of Budapest’s Central European University under threat.
If Hungary fails to address the EC’s concerns, the executive body could take the matter to the European Court of Justice.
As we wrote today, the EC has launched an infringement procedure against Hungary over the law on the transparency of foreign-funded NGOs.