Labour Minister Sebastian Lazaroiu considers that the estimation about 3.4 million people working illegally in Romania, made by the trade union confederation BNS in a recent report, is a methodological manipulation. “The study made by BNS is politically biased and inconsistent from a scientific point of view. They also considered as illegal workers the people who live off the land, in rural areas” Lazaroiu said, quoted by Mediafax. “I am surprised to see the president of INS associating his name to such a pseudo-scientific research. Financing this study with European money confirms the fact that we must raise the standards of projects funded with EU money,” the minister added.