Daily News | Dec 13, 2018 | 1
Efforts needed to help women’s employment, says ruling parties in Hungary
The ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrats reviewed demographic trends at a three-day meeting in Velence in western Hungary and asked the government to create further opportunities for women to find non-traditional forms of employment, such as home office, part-time work or temporary agency work, Fidesz group leader Lajos Kósa said on Friday after the meeting.
Supporting women to be able to better adjust work and family duties is a good cause and non-traditional forms of employment are most appropriate for this. Employers should be given incentives to employ more people this way, he added.
He also referred to the government’s work protection action plan, stating that certain elements of the employer support system could be also used in home office and part-time employment.
Christian Democrats group leader Péter Harrach said the main aim was to harmonise family and work.
He reiterated that Hungary does not consider migration the right solution to labour or demographics problems.
Commenting on other topics discussed at the meeting, Kósa said that
parliament is expected to vote as soon as Tuesday about a resolution condemning the new education law of Ukraine.
He described the law which allows education in minority languages only in the first four years of primary education as unacceptable and “a stab in the back” and called on other affected countries in the region to join the protest.
He noted that the ruling parties had decided at the meeting in Velence to ask the government to organise a “national consultation” survey on the “Soros plan” for migration. A recent European Court of Justice ruling on migrant quotas has “opened the gates wide” for a permanent migrant distribution mechanism, he said.
The European Commission is working towards the implementation of the “Soros plan” which involves the mandatory distribution of migrants, dismantling border fences and providing financial support to migrants, he added.
Harrach also said that a decision was expected to be made in the near future about amending the law on family bankruptcy protection which will enable easing repayments.
In response to a question about the test tube baby scheme, he said the church’s opinion focuses on bio-ethical aspects and the government’s position is based on “the pressing responsibility of the demographics situation”.
He added that he expected a solution could be found that is also acceptable from the point of bio-ethical considerations.
Kósa said in response to a question concerning European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s remarks about the possibility of infringement procedures against countries that reject the European Court decision on migrant quotas that an infringement procedure could actually only be launched against a member state if it severely violates the EU’s basic treaty or quits a dispute settlement procedure. Even Juncker would be unable to foresee the outcome of an infringement procedure against Hungary concerning migrant quotas and the European Court’s decision, he added.