The European Parliament has adopted last November a Recommendation on Defense of Academic Freedom with a special focus on the EU’s external action.
It recommends the Council, the Commission and other EU institutions to highlight academic freedom in all aspects of the EU’s external policies and activities and to demonstrate active support for students and academics who are at risk through infringements of academic freedom. The Recommendation is not limited to the outside world, but also recommends that Academic Freedom be part of the Copenhagen criteria for future accession to the EU and specifically mentions the attack on academic freedom with CEU in Hungary. It calls for new initiatives to enhance Academic Freedom in existing programs like H2020 and Erasmus+.
In addition, it calls for new EU-funded program actions to support the placement of at risk academics, student researchers and full degree students with international protection status in European higher education and research institutions.