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Critical outlets, of course, were quick to jump on Hungary’s move to make infertility treatment free-of-charge. The prime minister stated our case last week at an international press conference, but they’ve largely ignored the explanation. So, once again, here’s our reasoning for the move.
The international press corps has been taking shots at Hungary’s program aimed at countering demographic decline. A few weeks ago, they said it was discriminating against women without kids, now a German paper proposes that Hungary should adopt a “new image of women”. It’s time for the truth.
A country with a declining population, Prime Minister Orbán said, should not live under the illusion that the decline will stop without our own effort. In his speech at the meeting of the Hungarian Diaspora Council yesterday, the Prime Minister touched upon an array of pressing issues including immigration, family policy, the state of Hungary’s economy, and the country’s military capabilities.
The Hungarian government is expected to submit bills to lawmakers in the autumn expanding the family support system and launching a new program protecting the economy from the impact of a slowdown on external markets.
Let me tell you the story of an average, young, Hungarian woman, Anna, who is 28 years old, earned her university degree in law four years ago, has been in a loving relationship with 32 year-old Peter for three years and lives in Debrecen, a major city in northeast Hungary.
This week the Hungarian National Assembly approved a series of bills aimed to lay the foundation for Hungary’s new family policy, clearing the way for the first four measures to come into force on July 1st.
In his regular Friday morning interview on Kossuth Radio earlier today, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressed the ruling party’s relations with the EPP, his call for a new council of interior ministers to handle immigration and the implementation of the family support package.
In his regular Kossuth Rádió interview this morning, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán spoke about the European Parliamentary election campaign, the importance of informing Hungarians about Brussels’ plans and touched upon the early responses to the government’s latest pro-family package.
"If we are not able to turn around the negative trend of demographics - which is unfortunately a phenomenon all over Europe - then we will definitely not win the future. And we want to win the future so we need more kids," Minister Szíjjártó said
Europe’s demographic decline comes as no surprise to anyone even superficially acquainted with current birthrates around the continent. Although some in western Europe have already decided that immigration offers the only way to make up for the loss, the Orbán Government pursues another solution -- make it easier for the nation’s own citizens to have bigger families – and in this national consultation, we’re asking citizens for their input on how to do that.
Since its inauguration, Hungary’s government has always paid special attention to the protection and support of families raising children. This is why we have introduced family tax benefits and doubled the overall family support compared to its level in 2010. Now we have the opportunity through further provisions to support Hungarian families.
Having just returned from the EPP Congress in Helsinki, Prime Minister Orbán sat for his regular radio interview this morning to talk about the upcoming EP elections, the UN migration pact, the ongoing national consultation and the liberal hysteria around the “Soros university”.
The postal service will start delivering the questionnaires to members of the public in the next few days, Katalin Novák, the Minister of State for Family and Youth Affairs at the Ministry of Human Capacities said
The amount of food produced globally is enough to feed for the entire worldwide population, but some 820 million people are permanently starving, while one third of the food products in richer nations ends up in the rubbish dump
Katalin Novák, minister of state for Family and Youth Affairs at the Ministry of Human Capacities, said the government will continue to increase financial support for families, which year-by-year has eased the burdens of the beginning of the school year
“We can’t carry out the work of the next four years without inserting it into a long-term plan,” said Prime Minister Orbán this morning in his regular interview with Hungary’s public Kossuth Radio. The PM shared specific plans, touched upon the emptiness of liberal democracy, talked about an upcoming national consultation and explained how the Stop Soros package will bolster Hungary’s security.
Miklós Kasler says he will continue to support families, improve the quality of healthcare, continue to promote a value-based education system, provide better grounding for young people and strengthen a society based on work - all to improve demographic indicators
All Hungarian individuals and communities wherever they may live, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán recently, are part of one nation, and in an age when “national interests come first, even in the European Union,” Hungary aims to unite what is a global nation and make it stronger as a whole.
Reversing Europe’s demographic decline, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addressing the 11th World Congress of Families in Budapest on Thursday, is like “turning around a large ocean liner. We vainly turn the wheel, but the body will not follow the new direction in the next second, only slowly.”
A nation’s strength lies in its people. Declining demographic trends throughout Europe pose a worrisome problem, including in Hungary. The trend has been declining into a vicious circle for decades and governments have struggled to break it. Recent demographic statistics in Hungary, however, show that with some ingenuity – like housing incentives and other breaks for families with children – a carefully selected mix of family policies can make a difference.