A supporting letter to Hungary

… is ECMI`s reaction to the current developments affecting the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS).

Today, we sent our statement to Professor László Lovász (President of the HAS).
Today, we sent our statement to Professor László Lovász (President of the HAS):


Dear Professor Lovász,

It is with great concern that the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) is following the current developments affecting the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS).

We are convinced that the recently introduced changes concerning the budget of the HAS constitute a significant threat to academic freedom in Hungary. The relocation of the annual financial support from the HAS to the newly created Ministry of Innovation and Technology, coupled with new and unclear funding application procedures, create a situation in which the HAS will be subjugated to a significant degree to the aforementioned Ministry and its perceptions of scientific research, the relevance of given projects, and the efficiency of academic research. Furthermore, it is equally alarming that entire institutes of the HAS, primarily conducting research within the fields of humanities and social sciences, are being considered unproductive and, as a consequence, threatened with dismantlement.

Over the years the ECMI developed a complex cooperation with the HAS within the field of minority studies. Due to the sensitivity of minority issues, we are convinced that freedom from any form of political or administrative pressure is an absolute prerequisite for all researchers working with such topics. As a consequence, we believe that the aforementioned freedoms of our colleagues at the HAS must not only be preserved, but also must never again be challenged in the future. Therefore, the ECMI is fully supporting the endeavours of large segments of the HAS staff to protect their academic freedom and independence.

Yours sincerely,

Tove Malloy

ECMI Director

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