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May 09, 2018

Incoming minister of human resources says he is determined to tackle the country’s demographic problem

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

Incoming minister of human resources, Miklós Kasler says he will step up material support and is determined to change attitudes toward family planning to tackle the country’s demographic problem.

The minister told Magyar Idők that 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.

Kásler noted the discrepancy between the number of children young adults plan to have and the number they actually end up raising, saying that the reasons are partly material and partly of attitude.

“We aim to change both, because the value of family is one of the most important values,” he said.

According to MTI, the ministry is also looking into setting up a deputy state secretariat to promote and boost Hungarian-language education for ethnic Hungarian communities in the Carpathian Basin.

Kásler said the ministry is boosting national institutes within the healthcare system as the flagships of the fight against common diseases. The institutes will also take a role in the theoretical background work of policymaking and the coordination of services, he added.