Support letter of the ZRC SAZU Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dear Professor László Lovász, the President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences,

Let me express my full support of your efforts to preserve the autonomy of research within the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, which has enjoyed great international recognition because of its excellent scholarship and top-ranking publications. The right of the community of scientists to define their research priorities, devise or improve their methods with regard to transnational state-of-the-art, and address issues that they identify as relevant to their natural and social environment is a sine qua non of what we call the European spirit. If the Hungarian government really wants to figure as a defender of European identity and is in fact interested in the international prestige of Hungarian nation, it should abolish the proposed reform shortsightedly intended to subject its national scholarly community to short-term interests of the ruling party.

With kindest regards,

Professor Marko Juvan, Member of the Academia Europaea
Head of the ZRC SAZU Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary
Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia