EU Court Rules Against Hungary's Orban Over Soros University

European Court of Justice says Hungary's conditions to enable foreign higher education institutions to carry out their activities in its territory are 'incompatible with EU law'

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Demonstrators face policemen as they protest against the amendment of the higher education law in front of the Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary, April 4, 2017
Demonstrators face policemen as they protest against the amendment of the higher education law in front of the Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary, April 4, 2017Credit: Zoltan Balogh / AP

The European Union's highest court ruled Tuesday that changes by Hungary to its law on higher education which effectively forced a university founded by George Soros to leave the country were not in line with EU law.

The European Court of Justice said in the ruling that “the conditions introduced by Hungary to enable foreign higher education institutions to carry out their activities in its territory are incompatible with EU law."

Among the changes, Hungary tied the operation of foreign universities in Hungary to a bilateral agreement between the Hungarian government and the universities’ country of origin. Foreign universities were also compelled to carry out educational activities in their home countries.

At the heart of the conflict is the fate of Central European University, established in New York state by Soros, a Hungarian-American financier. It had to relocate most of its main activities to Vienna from Budapest, where it had been operating since the early 1990s.

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