Kosovo Agency of Statistics has made public the data derived from the Population, Households and Housing Census in Kosovo, conducted in April 2011.
On this occasion, was organized an International Conference, which was attended by: Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Edita Tahiri and other ministers, Head of the European Union Office and the EU Special Representative in Kosovo, Mr. Samuel Zbogar; Director of EUROSTAT and at the same time Chairman of the IMO Steering Group (International Monitoring Operation) of Population, Households and Housing Census in Kosovo 2011; Pieter Everears; Director of the United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD) and IMO Steering Group member, Professor Paul Cheung; Head of the IMO Steering Committee, John Kelly; ISTAT's representative, Andrea Mancini; Representatives of Regional Statistical Institutes; Representatives of national and international institutions and organizations in Kosovo, as well as other guests. The conference was organized on 21 September 2012.
These results represent the first data of the Population Census in Kosovo, since 1981, internationally recognized.
On this occasion, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Edita Tahiri has emphasized the multidimensional importance of these data, and that they will have a positive impact in many areas of development, such as: economy, education, demography, scientific studies, the development of municipalities, and other areas.
She also pointed out that "these data enable analysis and planning based on accurate socio-economic figures that our state lacked for a long time."
Later on, Mrs.Tahiri thanked all actors involved in this "multiannual process in which many national and international institutions have been working with dedication and competence."
In turn, Head of the European Union Office and the EU Special Representative in Kosovo, Mr. Samuel Zbogar, stressed the fact that the data from the Census are a complete statistical infrastructure that has the core importance for Kosovo's aspirations to be part of the European Union.
"Knowing the Kosovo Government's European orientation we are confident that it will use Population Census data to plan better policies and services for the citizens of Kosovo, in line with the Agenda of Stabilisation and Association . These provide a framework for good governance, enabling governments to make policy planning, be informed in the most transparent and accountable way ". said, among other things, Mr. Zbogar.
While, Chief Executive Officer of Kosovo Agency of Statistics, Mr. Isa Krasniqi, has made public the final data of Population, Households and Housing Census, calling this process "historical moment for Kosovo". He emphasized that " Census data, that we released today, are a treasure. I hope that this treasure will be used efficiently and actively for planning purposes by institutions and governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, persons involved in education, different researchers and others, in order to be useful for the people Because only this way, our efforts to provide reliable and rich data, will reach the ultimate goal of contribution to the overall development of Kosovo."
Released data provide detailed and accurate information on the total population by municipality and updated basic information on housing, demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the population. "
The European Union has invested 6 million euros in the Population Census, while the overall budget was about 10 million euros. Apart from the Government, other donors are: SIDA (Sweden), DFID (UK), SDC (Switzerland) and the Governments of Luxembourg and Denmark. The entire budget was managed by the Trust Fund, administered by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS.)
In addition to the financial side, the EU has provided considerable support for the Census in Kosovo through Technical Assistance Project (EUCEP) and involvement of EUROSTAT in the establishment and management of the International Monitoring Operation (IMO).