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Hungarian politicians resign from university boards over EU row

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Resignations announced in response to EU concerns about independence that could see funding cut off

Several Hungarian politicians have resigned from the boards of universities in the country, according to local reports, after the EU blocked the institutions’ access to its R&D and academic mobility funding schemes over concerns about their independence.

In December, the Council of EU member state governments agreed to prevent 21 Hungarian universities operated as ‘public interest trusts’—whose governing bodies contain members linked to Hungary’s right-wing prime minister Viktor Orbán and his political party Fidesz—from getting new EU funds, to protect the EU budget from breaches of the rule of law.

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