Orbán’s cabinet ready to discuss higher education, civil organisations law with US partner
Budapest, April 10 (MTI) – Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has welcomed that the US State Department is planning to send a delegation to Budapest to inquire about the recently amended higher education law and a motion concerning transparency of civil groups.
Szijjártó told an ad-hoc press conference on Monday that if such a US delegation arrives, the government “will receive them and tell them all”.
Concerning the draft law on civil groups, Szijjártó said the planned requirement of registration for organisations receiving foreign support would not cause difficulties in their operation.
On April 3, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that the governments of Hungary and the US will discuss the issue of Budapest’s Central European University, in connection with new regulations on universities financed from foreign sources.
Referring to the future of the CEU, which critics of the new legislation see as jeopardised, the prime minister said: “We will ask the Americans what they want”. Under the new law, foreign universities can only continue in Hungary if their operations are governed by an interstate agreement.