More families instead of more migrants: Hungary and Slovenia propose new demographic agenda for EU

Hungary and Slovenia are pushing forward a demographic agenda for Europe within the Centrist Democrat International (CDI), which gathers Christian-democratic parties from around the world

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author: Baranyai
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (2nd from left) at the CDI executive committee meeting in Brussels. (MTI/Vivien Cher Benko)

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party, together with its Slovenian sister party the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), will propose at the Brussels executive committee meeting of the Centrist Democrat International (CDI) a set of demographic rules, Bertala Havasi, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s press secretary told national news agency MTI on Thursday.

The meeting of the Centrist Democrat International (formerly Christian Democrat International) founded in 1947 is holding a two-day meeting in Brussels attended by Orbán.

The draft declaration of the two parties is based on the final declaration of the Budapest Demographic Summit on the dire population situation in Europe. The declaration highlights, among other things, the importance of measures to strengthen the traditional family model, emphasizes that family policy must remain a national competence, and draws attention to the fact that migration cannot be a means of tackling demographic problems.

In November, it will be 20 years since Fidesz became a member of the CDI, and Viktor Orbán, chairman of the larger Hungarian governing party, has been vice-president of the world organization of center-right parties for two decades.

The CDI was established in 1947 in order to coordinate the policies of the Christian Democratic parties in Western European countries. This led to the creation of the World Christian Democratic Union in Santiago de Chile in 1961, which has been a forum for cooperation between the world’s Christian social movements and Christian Democratic parties to this day, since 1982 under the name Christian Democratic International and from 2016 under the name Centralist Democratic International.

Orbán is also expected to be re-elected vice-president of the CDI at the meeting.

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