UDMR Vice President Laszlo Borbely announced early this week during a show on TVR Info that his party plans to propose to the ruling coalition the adoption of a series of measures meant to encourage birthrate growth. “We should negotiate demographic issues with the coalition, because we’ve seen what happened at the census, we’ve seen that Romania’s population has dropped fairly drastically, we should support families more, we should support those that help out demographically, the mothers,” Borbely stated when asked what measures UDMR plans for 2012.
According to ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ daily, UDMR seeks to convince its coalition partners to adopt a strategy on encouraging a birthrate hike so that the share that Hungarian ethnics have within Romania’s overall population will not diminish in the following years. Although the areas where ethnic Hungarians are the majority have one of the highest birthrate hikes at national level, UDMR leaders are worried by the negative consequences that the high mortality rate and low birthrate have among social categories with a poor financial situation.
UDMR’s latest Council of Union Representatives adopted a strategy (“Partnership for the Magyar Community’s Future”) according to which the demographic drop that the partial results of the 2011 census show results in the need of devising an efficient family support system. The measures proposed by UDMR include permissive fiscal policies for families that have children, counseling pregnant women, ensuring special daycare for children with ages ranging from 3 months to 3 years, supporting mothers in order for them to get normal or part-time jobs, promoting the re-hiring of women and developing the existing social support networks for families with children.