The Central European University (CEU) is at the heart of the latest dispute between Hungary and the European Commission in Brussels, which voices concern in many Western EU states that Budapest is infringing on rule of law and democratic standards.
Timmermans recently said the draft law on the foreign funding of non-governmental organisations, which is expected to be approved by mid-May, was on the Commission’s radar.
Critics say the initiative is part of a wider crackdown on liberal democratic values by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán that seeks to stigmatise the organisations and their members.
The two other Commissioners who will receive Soros are Vĕra Jourová, responsible for justice, and Jyrki Katainen, responsible for growth, jobs, investment and competitiveness. Interestingly, no meeting is scheduled for Soros with Hungarian Commissioner Tibor Navracsics, incidentally responsible for education.
Andreeva was asked when the Commission would made public its own response to the “Stop Brussels” initiative of the Orbán government. Questionnaires titled “Let’s stop Brussels!” have been arriving in Hungarian letterboxes since 1 April, only days after leaders gathered in Rome to mark the EU’s 60th anniversary.