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Hungarian academy laments ‘serious’ budget problems

The Hungarian Academy of Sciences has said that its network of research institutes is facing “growing insecurity and daily problems” because of a government-imposed budget freeze.

In a statement published in the past few days, the academy said it had not been given an operating budget for the network of research institutes that it oversees since 1 January. The network is suffering financial problems that are “getting serious” as a result, it said.

“The delay in funding fundamentally changes the sound management of the research centres,” the academy said. Researchers’ pay, purchasing of research materials and maintenance of research infrastructure have all been affected, it said, as well as a programme intended to attract excellent Hungarian scientists back to the country. 

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