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Conference of Rectors of Universities of the Arts declares its solidarity with SZFK

Declaration of the German Conference of Rectors of Universities of the Arts (RKK) on the events at the University of Theater and Film Arts Budapest (SZFE)
We, the members of the Rectors' Conference of the 24 German Universities of the Arts and Art Academies, for whom freedom of teaching and research, democratic decision-making and university autonomy are central concerns, look upon the events at the University of Theater and Film Arts Budapest (SZFE) with great concern and collegial sympathy. In recent weeks it has become clear here that the basic prerequisites of freedom of art, science and teaching are endangered even in the heart of the European Union.

We express our solidarity with the students, the resigned Senate, the resigned Rectorate and the resigned teachers of the Budapest University of Theater and Film Arts (SZFE). And we protest against the anti-democratic measures of the Hungarian government to abolish the autonomy of Hungarian universities.

We appeal to the leaders of the Hungarian government to withdraw the measures against the autonomy of Hungarian universities. And we call on the bodies of the EU and its member states to urge the Hungarian government to immediately restore the status quo ante at the SZFE and return all its powers to the legitimate governing bodies.