Will the EU recovery plan invest in the family? What are the good practices of family policies in Hungary?
Those were the questions raised during last FAFCE Webinar with Katalin Novák, Hungarian Minister for Families. Ms Novák recalled the struggles faced by parent in these times of pandemic, and presented Hungarian initiatives implemented to create a family-friendly environment: eased access to credit for parents with children, child-raising leave for grandparents, access to childcare facilities, etc. She declared that “Families should not be forced to give up on their wish to have children. In Hungary, we introduce family-friendly policies and a family-friendly mentality: we give to families the liberty, the choice to decide to have children.”
FAFCE President, Vincenzo Bassi, warmly thanked Ms Novák for her address and recalled that “We are not asking for privileges, we are asking for justice: there is a need to include family and demographic policies in the recovery plan. Without demographic change – meaning more children – we will collapse in more public debt, more inflation and more deficit.” Antoine Renard, FAFCE Honorary President, added that “We have to remember the subsidiarity principle: families are the basis of the society and the government is not here to decide upon them, but to help and support them.”
Numerous questions were asked during the Webinar, highlighting the growing interest and concerns for the family in the post-pandemic future. This event was the first of a series of “FAFCE Dialogues” with high-level European politicians on the “EU recovery plan and family policies: investing in the future of Europe”.
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