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LMP accuses Fidesz of “outsourcing” universities for access to EU funds

The ruling Fidesz party is seeking to retain control over the huge funds the European Union is expected to earmark for research and development in the event it loses the next general election, the parliamentary leader of Hungary's green party LMP said.

The ongoing changes to the way universities are run are also politically motivated, Laszlo Lorant Keresztes told an online press conference. The government, he insisted, was introducing private foundations to run universities with a view to appointing their boards that exert full control over their assets.

There is no guarantee whatsoever that the assets would be used for the purposes of higher education, the LMP group leader said.

Keresztes called the government’s insistence that the universities concerned had a say in their transformation a “a lie”, arguing that their declarations of support for the move were a result of “blackmail” by the government.

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