Prime Minister Janša at the Budapest Population Summit: We need a courageous family policy

As statistics show birth rates in the Western world are declining and Western societies age, it is our common duty and responsibility to make modern demographic challenges a priority. Effective and long-term solutions for each country and region must be found. To this end, the summit opened a broad discussion with colleagues from various Member States and allowed for an exchange of good practices in demographic and family policies.

During the Demographic Summit, Prime Minister Janša participated in the round table entitled “The family: the key to sustainability”, which included among his speakers the President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić, the 48th Vice-President of the United States. United Mike Pence, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

In his opening statement, Prime Minister Janša said that the European Union was discussing the future of Europe. “Today’s meeting is one of the most important events in the discussion on the future of Europe. Demography is one of the most important issues for the EU,” said Janez Janša , adding: “Due to negative trends, demographic issues are one of the major issues facing Europe as a whole. At present, there is not a single country in the world that is not affected by demographic issues.

“Demographic issues touch on issues of health, education, taxation, business and the economy. We know that without students there are no schools, without customers there are no businesses, without consumers there is no consumption. people and human capital, ”said the Prime Minister. He pointed out that the actual population in many European countries and around the world is declining. “Everyone talks about human capital, which has been an important issue in recent decades, but demography is an issue that concerns the future of our countries and a country cannot exist without people”, declared the Prime Minister .

“We all know that the decision to have a child is a very personal choice, so is the decision to have one, two or three children. But there are also a lot of young people who would like to have more. children but cannot have them, partly because they do not have a job or a home, or for many other factors. We need to make it easier for young people to start families. We need to support the family by as a fundamental unit of society: we must put families first, as they are the foundation of the state and a strong society. In strong societies, children are also happier and more likely to succeed in life. life. So we have to support both children and families, “said Prime Minister Janez Janša. He added that motherhood and fatherhood should be supported.

“Demography has been a problem in Europe for decades. Since 1950, the birth rate in Europe has been declining. For example, in April of this year, The Economist published an article claiming that no European country has enough births to keep its population stable. According to their calculations, it would take a birth rate of 1.6 children per family to maintain a stable population, “the Prime Minister said. He pointed out that the birth rate in the United States is 1.4%.

The Prime Minister welcomed the European Commission creating the demography and democracy portfolio and a commissioner in this mandate dealing only with these issues. “We are still waiting for bold decisions that put the family first,” said the Prime Minister.

“I think that, as the debates on the future of Europe are important, we face a very important task at this 4th demographic summit, because this summit is an important part of the discussion on the future of Europe. ‘Europe,’ the Prime Minister said. .

He then presented statistics for Slovenia. “Last year Slovenia experienced negative natural population growth. The same goes for other European countries. Germany and Finland also have negative natural population growth, which means these countries have more deaths than births. Italy, Portugal and Greece are also facing demographic decline. When economic trends deteriorate, we immediately organize many emergency meetings. However, when there is a demographic crisis and the demographic figures are low, it lasts for years, even decades, without anyone realizing it, ”said the Prime Minister.

He stressed that we also need a more courageous family policy. “We need to know and recognize that the economic situation today is much better than it was 50 years ago. We should also be aware that financial problems also have an impact on the creation of a family, but this is only part of the picture. a family is not only influenced by economic circumstances, but also by the family policies of each country, “the prime minister said. He added that the COVID-19 pandemic had negatively affected birth rates.

“As leaders of our countries, we must find the answers to the current important problems and demographic problems are not only a priority but will remain so for the next ten years”, said Prime Minister Janša. The Prime Minister thanked the organizers for having organized this extremely important debate, which is “important both for the future of our continent and of the world”. “The demographic debate is the most important discussion about the present and the future. It is a discussion about our children and our children’s children, as well as a discussion about life, family, happiness and love, ”Prime Minister Janša concluded.

Janez Cigler Kralj, Slovenian Minister for Labor, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, also attended the Budapest Demographic Summit and participated in the roundtable titled “Best practices in the areas of demography and family policies ”.

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