Census starts today

The census will start today and will conclude at the end of October, set to be the most complex census conducted since 1989 and the first after Romania’s accession to the European Union, the sum earmarked for it surpassing EUR 45 M. Over 100,000 census workers have been hired to collect data on Romanians. The questionnaires will have to be filled-in with important information such as the respondent’s workplace, income and properties. Romanians will be asked for their Personal Identification Code (CNP) for the first time, a fact that has sparked vehement criticism from the civil society and the press. The authorities however claim that the data is strictly confidential and will be used only for statistical purposes. New questions such as whether you have a restroom in the house, whether you have difficulties focusing or memorizing and who is the head of the household will be included. All Romanian citizens have to answer the questions. Foreign citizens that are part of diplomatic, consular or international organization offices and their family members, the personnel of foreign armies, navies and air forces, as well as press correspondents that are in Romania at the time will not be taking part in the census. Citizens that refuse to answer will be fined by up to RON 5,000.

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