Demography is not just one of the big issues, it is the issue on which the future of the nation depends, the Italian Prime Minister stressed in her speech at the Budapest Demographic Summit.
Giorgia Meloni said that her government’s top priority was to bring about a major cultural shift in thinking about families, as Italy, like the rest of the Western world, is facing a serious demographic crisis.
The Italian Prime Minister explained that the Italian economy was facing a serious crisis, as the number of births had fallen, leading to a strong anti-family mood, and the image of the family in the media had gradually faded away, with individuals now appearing as consumers.
Meloni recalled the insults she had received for the sentence in which she defined herself as Italian, a mother and a Christian, also noting that it had “not gone down well” among her critics. “We are living in an era when the most important elements of our identity are under attack, and without that identity we are just numbers, tools in the hands of others,” she said.
“In Europe, fewer and fewer children are born, so we need to mobilize resources to support families, as demonstrated perfectly by Hungary,”
the Italian Prime Minister stressed.
Viktor Orbán has welcomed Giorgia Meloni in the Carmelite Monastery. MTI/Miniszterelnöki Sajtóiroda/Benko Vivien Cher
Thanks to the government’s efforts, Hungary has managed to reverse the deteriorating fertility rate in recent years, with an increase in the number of marriages and in the number of people in employment, and, very importantly, in the employment rate of women, she added.
According to her,
the Hungarian example shows that with the right family-friendly policies, women do not have to choose between work and family.
Real freedom is when women can choose to have children while working, and Hungary is a good example of this, she continued. Many people believe that migration helps to ensure prosperity, she said, adding that she herself cannot accept this, as nations must take responsibility for their own future.
Congratulating Katalin Novák and Viktor Orbán for their perseverance and efforts for the future of the country, the Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, who is also attending the summit, emphasized that it is the responsibility of families to raise children to be responsible citizens of their societies. Today, there is huge economic competition in the world, our young people are encouraged to learn and then to produce, but in the meantime we have to find a balance with the family, he warned.
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