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EU launches probe in Hungarian education law

  • A demonstrator chants slogans during a protest against the amendment of the higher education law that could force a Budapest university founded by billionaire American philanthropist George Soros to close , in front of the Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, April 9, 2017.  Hungarian President Janos Ader said Monday April 10, 2017, in a statement that he has signed the bill setting new conditions for foreign universities in Hungary which is in line with the Constitution, and called on the government to “immediately” begin talks with the affected institutions to secure compliance with the new rules. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)

    A demonstrator chants slogans during a protest against the amendment of the higher education law that could force a Budapest university founded by billionaire American philanthropist George Soros to close , in front of the Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, April 9, 2017. Hungarian President Janos Ader said Monday April 10, 2017, in a statement that he has signed the bill setting new conditions for foreign universities in Hungary which is in line with the Constitution, and called on the government to “immediately” begin talks with the affected institutions to secure compliance with the new rules. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest against the amendment of the higher education law that could force a Budapest university founded by billionaire American philanthropist George Soros to close, in front of the Ministry of Human Resources, in Budapest, Sunday, April 9, 2017.   Hungarian President Janos Ader said Monday April 10, 2017, in a statement that he has signed the bill setting new conditions for foreign universities in Hungary in line with the Constitution, and called on the government to “immediately” begin talks with the affected institutions to secure compliance with the new rules.(Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)

    Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest against the amendment of the higher education law that could force a Budapest university founded by billionaire American philanthropist George Soros to close, in front of the Ministry of Human Resources, in Budapest, Sunday, April 9, 2017. Hungarian President Janos Ader said Monday April 10, 2017, in a statement that he has signed the bill setting new conditions for foreign universities in Hungary in line with the Constitution, and called on the government to “immediately” begin talks with the affected institutions to secure compliance with the new rules.(Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Demonstrators are watched by police as they protest against the amendment of the higher education law that could force a Budapest university founded by billionaire American philanthropist George Soros to close, in front of the Ministry of Human Resources, in Budapest, Sunday, April 9, 2017.   Hungarian President Janos Ader said Monday April 10, 2017, in a statement that he has signed the bill setting new conditions for foreign universities in line with the Constitution, and called on the government to “immediately” begin talks with the affected institutions to secure compliance with the new rules.(Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)

    Demonstrators are watched by police as they protest against the amendment of the higher education law that could force a Budapest university founded by billionaire American philanthropist George Soros to close, in front of the Ministry of Human Resources, in Budapest, Sunday, April 9, 2017. Hungarian President Janos Ader said Monday April 10, 2017, in a statement that he has signed the bill setting new conditions for foreign universities in line with the Constitution, and called on the government to “immediately” begin talks with the affected institutions to secure compliance with the new rules.(Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP)  (The Associated Press)

The European Union is launching and investigation of Hungary's higher education law which is widely seen in Europe as targeting the Central European University, founded by billionaire George Soros.

EU Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said Wednesday that the probe will look into any negative impact that the new law might have on EU principles of the free movement of goods, services, money and people.

He says the investigation would be completed "as soon as possible" and that the commission would consider what steps to take next by the end of April.