The Hungarian Parliament passed the Act CCXI on the Protection of Families by sweeping majority on 23 December 2011, which we consider a huge step for the protection and well-being of Hungarian families.

Let usshare with you the main objectives and messages of the Act.

The Fundamental Law of Hungary in force since January 2012 calls for the adoption of a cardinal act on the protection of families. While preparing the Act, the guiding principle was to lay down the foundation of a stable, calculable and long-term family policy.

The Act not only serves as a legal basis for the protection of families, but conveys important messages on the role of family in the society as well. The Act improves the reconciliation of family and work commitments and ensures long-term security and predictability for parents:  in case of alteration in family support regulation, a 1 year transition time must be guaranteed to bridge the period until the new regulation enters into force – unless it is a positive change.

The family, marriage and childbearing are basic conditions for the sustainability of the society; therefore they constitute immeasurable values, and worth for protection – reflected in the Law.

One of the principles of the Act and the Fundamental Law of Hungary is solidarity between generations; therefore the Act also pays attention on the elderly members of the family.

The Act calls for a family-friendly approach in all aspects of life including the labour market and media.

The Hungarian Government stresses the importance of protection and support of families, therefore during the Hungarian EU Presidency we proposed that the European Union should devote 2014 as the European Year of Families. In case you agree with this initiative, please indicate your support in this regard to the European Commission and other institutions.

We would also kindly ask your support in sharing the main objectives and messages of the Act with both the professional community and the lay public in your country.

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