President Katalin Novák said education and emphasising the importance of human life are key to a successful family policy.
Speaking at the ITI Catholic University in Austria, the president underlined the importance of the traditional family model, the role of grandparents, having children and ways to coordinate family life with a career. Hungary spends 5% of its GDP on family support and significant efforts are being made to enable everyone to have as many children as they wish, she said. The president added that there has been a population decline since 1981 but thanks to government measures in the past ten years, the number of marriages doubled and the number of abortions halved, while the number of divorces also decreased. Novák said that Hungary’s constitution protects the institution of marriage as a union based on a voluntary decision between a man and a woman, as well as the family which forms the basis for the survival of the nation.