Zaev Adamant Census Will be Held in Spring 2021

No demand of the opposition, including the one for fingerprints, is part of the new draft law concerning the census. There haven’t been significant changes to the articles either. PM Zoran Zaev says such machines will be procured from abroad if there are donations from embassies. He is adamant that the census will be held in the spring of 2021, even if the opposition doesn’t support the draft law in Parliament. As he says, there will be no ethnic calculations. According to DUI, all political parties submitted concrete remarks to improve the new text. VMRO-DPMNE is critical of the rejection of its demands. The opposition party believes that there should be a public procedure to procure fingerprint machines. It disagrees with the Government’s stand that that census model is expensive.