Amid its launch of a new budget aimed at supporting families and halting its demographic decline, the Hungarian government told Breitbart that it believes thriving families are more important to its society than economic growth.
This week, Hungary’s government – led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his ruling Fidesz party – introduced new measures which beginning in 2020 will fund the new Family Protection Action Plan. The plan is expected to increase funding for families by 695 million euros, making for a total of nearly 4.1 billion euros in subsidies for Hungarian families.
The new budget comes a few months after Prime Minister Orbán first announced that Hungary would be seeking to implement drastic changes that could see women with at least four children excused from having to pay taxes on their income for the rest of their lives.
While speaking with Breitbart London, a government official indicated that there was an unmistakable distinction between Hungary’s approach to population decline and that of its Western European partners, who often choose to important people – usually from developing countries – instead. The government spokesman said, “Europe is at a crossroads. Western Europe seeks to address the problem of demography with simple solutions which only offer short-term success, but convey catastrophic consequences in the long run.”
The Fidesz party spokesman continued, saying, “Hungary has a long-term approach and opts for the more difficult path, as a result of which, however, Europe could become an economically strong, rejuvenated continent. Either we encourage births by placing the interests of families in the focus of politics, or we encourage ever further flows of migration.”
The Hungarian government’s high ratio of family funding to its GDP reflects that it has prioritized the family over economic growth merely for the sake of economic growth.
“Our goal is to halt Hungary’s demographic decline using family support measures,” the spokesperson said, adding, “What we need is not numbers, but Hungarian children: we’re not seeking to sustain an economic system, but Hungary, the Hungarian nation and Hungarian history; we want to encourage the continuation of our families for several generations.”
The spokesman also mentioned how Hungary was looking to persuade other countries in Europe on the upsides to having stronger family policies in place.