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Jobbik moves to convene special parliamentary session on Erasmus, Horizon programmes

The opposition Jobbik-Conservatives want lawmakers to convene to discuss ways to ensure that Hungarian universities run by foundations are not excluded from the European Erasmus and Horizon programmes.

The party is collecting MPs’ signatures in support of its initiative to convene a special session of parliament, party deputy group leader Koloman Brenner said on Tuesday, insisting that the government had made “no progress” in making commitments required by the European Union which would unblock access to Erasmus scholarships.

Previously, around 25,000 Hungarian students, or 10 percent of the total, could study abroad with an Ersasmus scholarship. Also, in the last 7-year EU funding cycle, the EU supported 1,100 research projects worth 370 million euros in total, he noted.

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