The Protector of Citizens, Zoran Pašalić, met today with the management of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia regarding the upcoming census of population, households and apartments, which will be conducted on the territory of the Republic of Serbia from 1 to 31 October 2022.

The meeting was held with the aim of establishing mutual cooperation and coordination of work on the census, so that it would be carried out in the most efficient way while respecting the law, as well as human and minority rights. As stated in the Office, over 17,000 census takers are currently undergoing training. The Protector of Citizens expects that the instructions regarding the census of persons who are in institutions for the enforcement of penal sanctions, social welfare institutions, shelters, as well as asylum centres, will be adopted as soon as possible.

At the meeting, among other things, it was pointed out that the collected data are extremely important for the assessment of the current situation, as well as for future planning and adoption of various strategies, both at the national and local levels.