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NOVÁK: V4 SETTING 'DEMOGRAPHIC EXAMPLE' TO EUROPE

 

Countries of the Visegrad Group “see it as their mission to set an example to Europe in terms of demography”, Katalin Novák, Hungary’s minister without portfolio in charge of family affairs, told a briefing attended by her Slovak, Czech, and Polish counterparts. Novák said that the four countries “refuse to give up their future and culture”. No European country sees a sufficient number of births, and “though their population is growing, that growth comes from mass immigration,” she insisted. “We central European countries will demonstrate that development could be based on internal resources, that we can cope with the demographic crisis and become a prosperous, young region within Europe,” the minister said. She said it was important for the group to preserve the composition of their population. “Ensuring growth while preserving culture, history, and traditions will be one of the most important challenges in the next decades,” she said.