Persons that refuse to fill out the census questionnaires could receive a fine of up to RON 1,000, National Statistics Institute (INS) President Vergil Voineagu warned. “Filling out the census questionnaires is compulsory,” Voineagu stated during a conference organized on World Population Day, Mediafax informs.
According to Voineagu, the trial census (May 7-16) revealed a “worryingly” high degree of refusal to offer personal data, the INS official pointing out that the highest refusal rate was seen among Roma ethnics. According to the legislation currently in force, the refusal to offer data or offering erroneous or incomplete data to census workers is a crime finable by RON 200-1,000. Sanctions for census workers that fail to respect the confidentiality clauses are significantly higher, the fine ranging from RON 500 to RON 1,500.
The 2002 census revealed that Romania had a population of 21.68 million people, less than it had in 1992 (22.81 million people).