Hungarian President Katalin Novák encouraged businesses to adopt a family-friendly approach in her speech at the Entrepreneurs’ Forum in Esztergom on Thursday. In her speech, Novák drew attention to the importance of family-friendly workplaces, which can help employees to reconcile family life with work.
In October this year, the Hungarian President announced that she would be embarking on a countrywide tour, visiting every county in the coming years to meet local citizens, the business community, and children. The tour started with Győr-Moson-Sopron county in the west of Hungary, and most recently the President has visited Komárom-Esztergom county, the smallest one in the country, close to the capital.
In her speech, Novák said she was setting up a pro-family foundation to support family initiatives and invited companies to partner with her in the work of the foundation.
The President recalled that we have had a difficult two and a half years, with Covid-19 and the Russian-Ukrainian war posing new challenges for the country. Novák stressed that
the country’s leadership is looking ahead, which is why they have set up job-saving subsidies and a factory rescue program, so that there is strength to build, not just survive.
Survival is necessary, but not sufficient, she pointed out.
Novák will visit Komárom-Esztergom county on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, she lit a candle at the tomb of Cardinal József Mindszenty, Archbishop of Esztergom, who was persecuted by the Arrow Cross Party and the Communist regime.
According to Katalin Novák, Hungarians are indebted to the Cardinal for his stand, his courage, and his faith, which prove that resisting evil is a duty.
The President also toured the basilica which is under renovation, and afterwards, she visited the Suzuki car factory.
In her Facebook post, she said that the plant employs nearly 3,000 people and provides a living for nearly 10,000 workers and their families through its partners, suppliers, and a national dealer network of 78 dealers. “I also discussed the future of the company and the importance of social responsibility with CEO Atsumi Masato, and with the help of the staff I helped assemble a new model,” the President wrote.
Featured photos via Facebook page of Katalin Novák.