"Please understand that the Hungarian Academy of Sciences does not belong to the government. It is "a public asset just as the founder István Széchenyi intended it to be, a very important pillar of our national identity," said the vice president of the National Assembly.
He recalled that the government's bill last week on the future of the Academy that caused an uproar both at home and abroad with its aim to eliminate the Academy's core funding, disengage its research network, and deprive it of its assets.
"With this content, no matter who submits it (…), I will never, ever agree," said the former Minister of Culture, pointing out: this is the wrong way, "it does not serve the interest of our country."
He said he was ashamed also on behalf of the government party's representatives, who had "showed the door" to the president of the Academy László Lovász at the last week's session of the Parliament’s Culture Committee, after he had given his report.
Lovász therefore could no longer participate in the debate. “The President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences was expelled from the meeting where he gave his report. "What kind of behavior is that?" Hiller asked.
“This is about the freedom of research. Those who are against the law support the freedom of research. I am and we are! ” he said closing his speech.