In August 2018 the ESPAnet Board sent an open letter to the Hungarian Prime Minister regarding the planned ban on gender studies in Hungary. The ESPAnet Secretariat has received a reply to the open letter with the following text from Hungarian Authorities.
CABINET 0FFICE. OF THE PRIME MINISTER STATE SECRETARIAT FOR PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS
The Board of ESPAnet 6 December 2018
Thank you for your letter to the Prime Minister. Budapest Hungary
We are honoured to have received your opinion since education policy is a strategically important policy area for the Government of Hungary.
In every Member State of the European Union the right of accreditation of academic programmes falls exclusively within the competence of the state. We respect every opinion, but we also think that it is important for everyone to respect this sphere of competence belonging to the Member States.
In the future, no state-funded and accredited social gender studies programme will be launched in Hungary. However, I would like to assure you that such ongoing higher education programmes may continue for their full duration.
From our point of view this decision in no way restricts the freedom of academic research as the topic can continue to be researched to scientific standards within other academic fields and can also continue to be taught at universities which are operated by foundations.
Last but not least, let us once again express our appreciation for your opinions you have shared in relation to education policy.
CsabaDomotor State Secretary for Parliamentary Affairs
Here is a link to the letter from the prime ministers Office:
Here is the open letter that the ESPAnet Board sent to the Hungarian Prime Minister:
To: Prime Minister of Hungary, Mr. Viktor Orbán