Between March 11-13, 2019, the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland, has hosted its first international conference on family services. Amongst the speakers of the event were Ignacio Socias, President of the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD) and András Székely, Head of Policy Analysis of KINCS.
Balázs Molnár, Vice President of KINCS, held a meeting with Alina Potrykowska, Secretary General of the Polish Government Population Council, and Professor Adam Kurynowski in Warsaw. During the meeting, they have reviewed the family policy measures of the two countries and the possibilities for cooperation between the two institutions.
Mothers with small children agree with the family protection action plan at 98.6 percent, and 64 percent plan to join the program, according to the recent survey of the Maria Kopp Institute for Demography and Families (KINCS); conducted among mothers raising children younger than five. Most of them agreed with the measures on the development of crèches, the expansion of the CSOK system and the introduction of a childbirth loan for young married couples. The respondents would take advantage of one or two measures on average. 36.4% are planning to enrol into the CSOK system, 31% plan to use nursery care, and 28.1% wish to apply for the car purchase allowance. Half of the respondents plan to have another child within the next five years.
On March 11, 2019, the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women began in New York. The Hungarian governmental delegation was led by Attila Beneda, Deputy State Secretary for Family Policy, while representatives of the Maria Kopp Institute for Demography and Families (KINCS), the Hungarian Women's Union, the Single Parents' Center and the Parents' House Foundation were also present.
For three years, the desire of Hungarian couples to have children has been persistent, points out a recent analysis of the Maria Kopp Institute. The 1.49 fertility rate showing this has been stable since 2016, indicating that not only an incidental, non-recurring sudden increase occurred in 2016. The current fertility rate is one fifth higher than in 2010.
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