Prime Minister Zoran Zaev confirmed Monday that the census to be conducted next year will include a question on ethnic affiliation, although it was previously announced that this will not be the case, that citizens will be able to declare only which language is their native language.

We agreed that there will be a question on ethnicity because it is very important for the minor communities. For example, the Roma community very little or less frequently uses its native Roma language, and if only the language question is answered it cannot provide the real number of that community, Zaev said before the promotion of the Operational Plan for Employment for 2019.

From these aspects, the Prime Minister emphasized, having solidarity for members of the larger ethnic communities, we made a decision and we built a common position to encourage both EUROSTAT and the SSO to include the question on ethnicity.