Friday 11 February 2022

Child Guarantee in Hungary - Progressives together for a European Child Union

Child Guarantee in Hungary - Progressives together for a European Child Union

14.00 - 17.00
Villányi út 11-13 Budapest
from: Hungarian
to: English

One out of four children in Europe lives in poverty or is at risk of poverty and social exclusion. A more worrying trend still, is that children who grew up in poverty are most likely to suffer from social exclusion as adults. Against this backdrop and in the context of the Covid-19 shockwave, it is more important than ever to ensure inclusive access to childhood education and care from an early age. 

That is why socialist and social democrats in the EU proposed the European Child Guarantee as a progressive policy response to address early on the vicious circle of intergenerational transmission of inequalities, but also in view of strengthening social cohesion and our collective resilience.

Creating a Child Union is pivotal to realising a truly Social Union. The PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions joined forces with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) to launch a campaign promoting equal access to high-quality early childhood education and care for all children in the European Union.

In this event, experts and policy-makers will highlight the ways in which the local and regional dimension can bring to light the best practices of child policies and social safety nets but also inspire and inform on potential ways to realise real and measurable progress by fostering inclusion and equity in early childhood.

A closed-door roundtable for experts is taking place before the event. Find out more via the FEPS website.


14:00 – 14:20

Welcoming remarks

Gábor Harangozó, Director Institute for Social Democracy and Member of the Opposition Programming Committee

Lászlo Andor, FEPS Secretary General

Nicolas Schmit, European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights (video message)


14:20 – 15:00

A new development model for Hungary – well-being first!

Péter Márki-Zay, Common candidate United for Hungary

Bertalan Tóth, Co-chair of MSZP

Klára Dobrev, Member of European Parliament, S&D Group                

Kata Tüttő, Deputy Mayor of Budapest and Vice President PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions

Gergely Karácsony, Mayor of Budapest


15:00 – 15:20

Children at the heart of policy action!

From local to European, our call for a Child Union!

Christian Morabito, Senior Researcher, Save the Children Italian


15:20 – 15:40

The Hungarian Strategy for Child wellbeing, education and care 

Scene setting

Maria Herczog, Senior Policy Analyst, Institute for Human Services (Columbus, Ohio), Senior Lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University and Director of the Family Child Youth Association

Presentation of Child Union Community of Practice Morning Results                                                      

Cristian Fabbi, President of Reggio Children

Liana Ghent, Director of the International Step by Step Association (ISSA)


15:40 – 16:55 

Panel Discussion

Máté Kanász-Nagy, LMP Co-President, Head of the Social Cabinet of United for Hungary

Balázs Ander, MP, Jobbik

Gergely Arató, MP, DK

Lajos Korózs, MP, MSZP

Bence Tordai, MP, Dialogue Party

Anna Orosz, Deputy Mayor of Újbuda, Momentum

Moderator: Krisztina Bombera


16:55 – 17:00

Concluding remarks 

Zita Gurmai, MP and FEPS Vice President