Six Hungarian universities sue EU for freezing Erasmus funds
Over €12 billion (US$13 billion) of EU funds for Hungary were frozen back in December 2022, including €6.3 billion under the rules of law mechanism and €5.8 billion in post-coronavirus recovery funding. Taking into account the decision of the EU to freeze funds and not allow new grants to be awarded to universities, the assets of which were transferred to board-led foundations, the six universities, among which is also Semmelweis University and the University of Debrecen, decided to take legal action.
Semmelweis University asked the Court of Justice of the European Union to require the EU to no longer apply strict rules for it or overturn the decision to freeze the funds completely. The university further claimed that the use of EU funding was independent and did not include any members of the government or other related people. The University of Debrecen also said that the decision to freeze the funding for Hungarian universities was in conflict with the core values that the EU has and stressed that none of its board members has political roles leading to conflicts of interest.
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