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Orbán's government : the Academy-Institute will be outsourced

Long in the academic ivory tower in Budapest seemed to be in front of the Powerful Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, for sure. But on Friday the head of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences László Lovász gave in to the pressure. He signed together with the Minister responsible for Innovation and technology, László Palkovics, a wants to be expressions of, after the 15 research institutes of the Academy, outsourced and henceforth, by a panel of elected members of the Academy and the government are to be channelled.

for Months, the Academy's members and supporters had protested against the plans of the Ministry, with which the state is the financing of the Academy and its research institutes more under his control. Minister Palkovics’ Plan was that the research institutes would need to apply for the funds, which were previously free for distribution, in the future, with each of the projects. Also University institutions would get access to funds that were previously withheld from the Academy. The Plan follows the Russian model, where the Academy of science in 2013, has been redesigned.

is Unclear why the institutions be restructured

The basic funding according to the current statement of intent backed up – at least until the end of may. In addition, the assets of the Academy are to remain in their possession, and the research Institute continues to meet the "needs of the Academy." Of any "internal restructuring" of the Institute network is to decide the new steering Committee. Details will be elaborated in the coming weeks.

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Judith Langowski

to defend The employees of the Academy to doubt in a public Statement, that the statement of the will guarantees actually, the structural integrity of the research facilities. They also criticize, the head of the Academy from practice, with the vote on Friday put pressure on the decision of the Executive Board members. Especially the employees fault, that the Minister of Innovation, Palkovics since the summer of 2018, has given the debate to the Academy was initiated, "no understandable explanation as to why the research institutes to be restructured to be". Originally, it was said that the Institute would first be checked to determine whether a restructuring was necessary at all.

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