The Inauguration of the Mária Kopp Promenade

We inaugurated the Mária Kopp promenade, located in one of the most beautiful parts of Budapest, among the hills of the Normafa area. Upon the initiative of Tünde Fűrész, President of KINCS, the Hegyvidék municipality renamed a part of Eötvös street, and from today forth it is dedicated to the inspiration of our institute. Mária Kopp was a pioneer of family-friendly thinking in Hungary, she and her husband started the Three Princes, Three Princesses Movement to support the birth of children and raising children.

A message from the President of the Republic, Katalin Novák, was read out at the event, in which she wrote that the Budapest Demographic Summit is a tribute to the life work of Mária Kopp and a continuation of the work she started.

Mária Kopp's research transcends the era in which she lived and worked, and will certainly have an impact on the future," said the State Secretary for Families at the event. Ágnes Hornung stressed that one of Mária Kopp's main ambitions was to create a country of contented and happy families.

Zoltán Pokorni, mayor of the Hegyvidék municipality, also welcomed the participants and spoke about the Normafa programme, which has led to the complete renewal of the area.

Tünde Fűrész, President of KINCS, recalled that our organisation declared 2022 the Year of Mária Kopp, and initiated the naming of a public space in the district XII after the individual after whom our institute is named. Tünde Fűrész also mentioned that Mária Kopp founded the Population Roundtable in 2009, and it was at this forum that she first made the statement that in Hungary all "children wished for should be born". Noting that in her research she found that young people in Hungary still wanted more than two children.

Skrabski Fruzsina, Mária Kopp's younger daughter, commemorated her mother and father, Árpád Skrabski. Their common research has been a great success internationally, they co-founded the Three Princes, Three Princesses Movement, which she now leads. Their findings have led to the creation of a family policy that supports everyone having as many children as they desire.

At the event, the Hungarian Families' Tree was planted, and the Normafa Family Bench and the Mária Kopp Memorial Plaque were unveiled.

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