Budapest Family Summit

Budapest Demographic Forum 2

Demography and Family – Making families strong again!

25 May 2017.

Venue: Budapest Congress Center

8:00 – 10:00
10:00 – 10:15
Welcome, opening
  • Csillagszemű Dance Ensemble
  • Katalin Novák, Minister of State for Family, Youth and International Affairs, Ministry of Human Capacities
10:15 – 10:35
Speech of Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister, Hungary
10:35 – 13:15
  • Jaime Mayor Oreja, President of the One of Us Federation, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Political Network for Values
  • Pál Demény, Population Council, Senior Counsellor (USA)
  • Elżbieta Rafalska, Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy, Poland
  • Ludovine de La Rochére, President, La Manif Pour Tous, France
  • Katalin Kardosné Gyurkó, President, National Association of Large Families, Hungary
Violin performance of Katalin Kokas, Barnabás Kelemen, Gáspár Kelemen
  • Zsolt Semjén, Deputy Prime Minister, Hungary
  • Allan C. Carlson, WCF, USA
  • Marin Strmota, State Secretary of the Ministry of Demographics, Family, Youth and Social Policy, Croatia
  • Zoltán Balog, Minister of Human Capacities, Hungary

Pro Familiis and Pro Caritate award ceremonies

13:15 – 14:00
Lunch break
Piano Performance of the Couple Andrea Várnagy – Zsolt Farkas and Lilli Farkas
14:15 – 14:30
S.E.R. Alberto Bottari de Castello Titular Archbishop of Opitergium, Apostolic Nuncio to Hungary
14:30 – 15:20
Plenary I. Demographic challenges around the globe
  • Growth or decline? – The world’s demographic situation
    Igor Beloborodov, Institute of Russian Strategic Sciences, Russian Federation
  • The SWOT analysis of the Hungarian population movement
    Spéder Zsolt, Director, Hungarian Demographic Research Institute
  • Ties Between Happiness, Marriage, Religion and Demography
    Patrick Fagan, Catholic University of America
Performance of the Haraszti twins
15:20 – 16:10
Plenary II. Demographic challenges around the globe
Moderator: Bence Rétvári, Deputy Minister of Human Capacities

  • Martin Patzelt, Member of the Deutschen Bundestag, CDU
  • Anna Záborská, Slovakian Member of the European Parliament, EPP
  • Vladimir Gjorchev, Member of Parliament, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • György Hölvényi, Hungarian Member of the European Parliament, EPP
  • Máriusz Révész, Government Comissioner
  • Leo van Doesburg, European Christian Political Movement (ECPM) Director of European Affairs, Belgium
Mariann Patkós, harp
16:10 – 16:30
Coffe break
16:30 – 17:15
Section I. – Large families are the key to our future, yet they are the minority
Moderator: László Márki, President, European Large Families Confederation

  • Katalin Kardosné Gyurkó, President, National Association of Large Families, Hungary
  • Raul Sanchez Flores, General Secretary, European Large Families Confederation, Spain
  • Francesco Belletti, President, Forum of Family Associations, Italy
  • Leonids Mucenieks, President, Union of Latvian Large Family Associations, Latvia
  • Madeleine Wallin, European Federation of Parents and Carers at Home, Sweden
  • Attila Tóth, Slovakian Large Family Association “FECSKE” Slovakia
16:30 – 17:15
Section II. – Demographic Round Table extraordinary meeting
Moderator: András Székely, The Coordinator of the Demographic Roundtable

  • Ágnes Engler, lecturer, University of Debrecen – Role of the education for family life at school and at university
  • András Székely, coordinator of the Demographic Round Table – Mental health in the family
  • Katalin Botos, professor in economics – Relationship between generations in the family and the pension system
  • Zsuzsanna Morvayné Bajai, expert, National Association of Large Families – What is job, what do we or should we designate as job?
17:15 – 18:15
Plenary meeting III. Professor Philip G. Zimbardo: Man, Interrupted
  • Peter Merse, European Youth Workshop
  • Maria Waszkievicz, European Youth Workshop
  • Gergely Ekler, Managing Director, New Generation
18:15 – 18:30
  • Katalin Novák, Minister of State for Family, Youth and International Affairs, Ministry of Human Capacities


Participants will enjoy cultural segments between the panels.
Child supervision will be provided during the whole event.
We reserve the right to change programmes.
Taking part in programmes is subject to registration.