The European Commission notified the stakeholders of the decision by letter at the end of December.
Foundation-run universities in Hungary are excluded from the Erasmus+ program and the Horizon Europe research program, Népszava, a Hungarian news site writes.
According to the portal,
Hungarian educational institutions that operate in the form of public interest trust foundations or that are maintained by such foundations cannot receive new grants from the two programs. The ban applies to applications judged after the 15th of December 2022.
The European Commission notified the competent bodies and national authorities of the decision by letter. There are 21 foundation-maintained universities in Hungary (e.g., the University of Debrecen), so the decision affects many institutions.
According to information on the website of the Tempus Public Foundation, which coordinates the program in Hungary,
more than 22,000 Hungarian students studied abroad in 2020 thanks to the exchange program, which was supported by the EU with more than 45 million euros.
According to Népszava, the decision to stop community financing was made by the EU’s finance ministers on the 15th of December 15, 2022, when they froze almost a third of the cohesion funds in Hungary between 2021-2027.
At the same time, they gave instructions that the European Union may not enter into a new financial agreement with the public trust foundation established under the Hungarian law adopted in 2021 or with the legal entity maintained by such a foundation.the portal writes