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GOVT OFFICIAL: HUNGARY FAMILY POLICY HOLDS 'ENORMOUS POTENTIAL'

 

Hungary’s family policy “holds enormous potential”, Katalin Novák, the state secretary for youth and family affairs, said in an interview to Saturday’s edition of the daily Magyar Hírlap. There are about 150,000 couples in Hungary who want to have children but cannot due to health reasons, Novák told the paper. The government has therefore made it a goal to help couples facing infertility, she added. Measures enacted in this sector have included raising subsidies allocated to infertility drugs and the government plans to expand the range of subsidised drugs and medical examinations relating to the problem, she said. The state secretary also noted that from January, mothers with at least four children will be exempt from personal income tax under the next phase of the government’s family protection action plan. In addition, grandparents will also be eligible for a child-care fee, she noted. Novák also said that the government will draft a child protection action plan next year.