President Katalin Novák said she would continue to promote support for families and family values as a president.
The president told commercial broadcaster TV2 that she hoped Hungarian families would be able to “concentrate on their love for each other at least in these few days”, amid the economic fallout of the war that came hard on the heels of the two-year coronavirus pandemic. Regarding her recent trip to Kyiv, Novák said President Volodymyr Zelensky’s invitation had been to an event promoting the export of Ukrainian grain to hunger-stricken African communities. She accepted because “Hungary could get behind that goal”, she said. Besides a humanitarian campaign, Hungary also wanted to express its solidarity with a neighboring country attacked by its own neighbor, she said. Responding to a question on the teachers’ strikes in Hungary, Novák said “we can’t honour enough those entrusted with the education of our children”. Parents and teachers are key to “the sort of adults our children will become,” she said. She called for creating the framework for the “moral and financial appreciation” of teachers, “regardless of economic difficulties and EU resources”.