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Jan 17, 2020

Novák: Hungary’s family policy is thought of highly in Washington

The state secretary said it was a “great honor” that the US was studying Hungary’s family policies at such a high level. She added that Secretary Azar is expected to pay a visit to Budapest in the spring.

Katalin Novák, the state secretary for youth and family affairs, has highlighted how Hungary’s family policy generates interest and is thought of highly in Washington.

After meeting US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in the US capital on Thursday, Novák held talks with her US counterpart as well as with members of Congress, and addressed an international conference on family policy.

According to MTI, Novák briefed US government officials, family policy experts and diplomats on student loans in Hungary, the government’s prenatal baby support loans and family benefit and maternity allowances “gyed” and “gyes”.

The state secretary said it was a “great honor” that the US was studying Hungary’s family policies at such a high level. She added that Secretary Azar is expected to pay a visit to Budapest in the spring.

Novák said the current US administration was looking for global allies in the pursuit of its “family-friendly and pro-life” policies. “They’ve noticed that there are countries that are ahead of them in this area,” she said. “Our American partners have told us that they believe Hungary is the global leader in this field.”

What’s more, Novák said Washington was working on putting together a global coalition focused on family values and safeguarding life. She said Thursday’s conference was attended by the ambassadors of over 35 countries representing some 1.7 billion people.

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