Alex Mayer, Labour MEP for the Eastern Region, has welcomed the EU taking the Hungarian government to the European Court of Justice today over their attacks on a leading university.
Central European University (CEU) which enjoys close links with the University of Cambridge is threatened by a higher education law that could force it to close.
Cambridge academics have protested about this law in an open letter and a rally in support of the CEU was held outside Kings in May.
The European Commission has said Hungary has refused to bring its higher education law into line with EU standards after a Brussels investigation launched in April.
Alex Mayer MEP who who has lobbied the European Commission and voted in the Parliament for action that could strip Hungary of EU voting rights said:
“I welcome today’s moves. I have been deeply concerned by the Hungarian government's attack on academic freedom for some time. CEU is an important research university, in receipt of substantial EU research funding, and has strong links to the University of Cambridge. I am pleased the EU has acted decisively to stop this drift into authoritarianism. For seven years, Orbán has been eroding the foundations of democracy in Hungary and attacking the fundamental freedoms of Hungarian citizens.”