Government fails to allay EU concerns, risks Erasmus+ ban

Thousands of Hungarian students will probably lose access to the European Union’s Erasmus+ scholarship programme after the government failed to address concerns about the country’s universities, a top EU official has said, reports Bloomberg.

The EU suspended 21 universities from the programme, which funds scholarships for EU students to study in other countries, in January. The bloc cited risks of corruption and conflict of interest after the schools were put under the management of public foundations set up by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s administration and run by ministers from his ruling Fidesz party.

The government missed a May deadline to address the EU’s concerns, EU Budget Commissioner Johannes Hahn said in an interview. Now it’s probably too late to resolve the issue for the school year starting in September, meaning Hungary won’t get new funds.
Full report on the Luxembourg Times site