BiH, zastave, bosna.jpg
Photograph: Photo by Jennifer Boyer, used under CC BY

The results of the population census in Bosnia and Herzegovina, conducted in 2013, could be made public in June, provided that an agreement was reached on disputed issues concerning data processing, officials of the country's state- and entity-level statistics agencies decided at a meeting with the director of the European Union's statistical office (Eurostat), Pieter Everaers, in Sarajevo on Thursday.

Everaers, who also heads an international observer mission whose task was to monitor the preparation and conduct the first population census in Bosnia and Herzegovina after its 1992-1995 war, had arrived in Sarajevo to mediate in efforts to resolve problems arising from a dispute over who was actually resident in Bosnia and Herzegovina at the time of the census.

Under international statistical criteria, the main criterion is the length of residence in the place of the census, but the Serb entity of Republika Srpska demands that resident status be defined by the place of work or education. This demand is aimed at removing from the census most of the war refugees who have still not regulated their status in full because, for example, their homes have been only partly rebuilt and are not fit for living.

Everaers called on the representatives of the state and entity statistics agencies to reach an agreement on this in accordance with international standards and to do so within the next three weeks, in which case the census results could be published in June, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Statistics Agency said in a statement.

The census data are a key requirement for Bosnia and Herzegovina to fill in a questionnaire from Brussels after it applies for EU membership candidate status, which is expected on February 15.

Although the census was conducted two and a half years ago, only preliminary results on the number of inhabitants have been released to date. According to those figures, in October 2013 the country had a population of 3.791 million.

Related stories

Latest news

US strongly condemns neo-Nazi march in Zagreb

The US Embassy in Zagreb on Monday strongly condemned neo-Nazi and pro-Ustasha views expressed during a demonstration by several dozen people, organised by the non-parliamentary far-right Autochthonous Croatian Party of Rights (A-HSP) in Zagreb on Sunday.

Guterres: Rights of minorities, migrants are under attack

The human rights of minorities and migrants are being attacked by populists and by governments that shirk their responsibilities to protect refugees, UN chief Antonio Guterres said Monday at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Carnival float crashes in Rio, injures 20

A large float crashed into revellers at Rio de Janeiro's Carnival celebrations, injuring 20 people, eight of them so seriously that they had to be taken to hospital, the news portal O Globo reported on Monday.

Al-Qaeda's deputy leader killed in Syria, monitor group says

Al-Qaeda's second-in-command, who goes by the name of Abu al-Khayr al-Masri, has been killed in a drone strike in northwestern Syria, a monitoring group said Monday.

Taiwan rights activists urge 'truth and justive' over 1947 massacre

Over 300 members of human rights and civil organizations urged the Taiwan government on Monday to finally deliver "truth and justice" for the victims of the February 28 massacre of 1947 and the following four decades of martial rule. 

Video purportedly shows beheading of German hostage in Philippines

A video shot by Islamist militants purportedly shows the beheading of a German hostage held for three months in the southern Philippines.

Seven killed in attack on prison bus in Sri Lanka

Seven people were killed Monday when unidentified gunmen disguised as police officers opened fire on a convoy transporting prisoners to a court south of Sri Lanka's capital, officials said.

South Korea's acting president refuses to extend Park investigation

Acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo Ahn refused to extend a special prosecutor's investigation into a scandal involving impeached President Park Geun Hye on Monday.

PricewaterhouseCoopers 'investigating' Oscar envelope mixup

Representatives at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm responsible for carrying the winning ballots to the Academy Awards, "deeply regret" the confusion that ensued when Warren Beatty read out "La La Land" instead of "Moonlight" for Best Picture.

Croatia's development bank giving favourable loans for tourism

The Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) is continuing the implementation of programmes offering favourable loans to the tourism sector in 2017, with the continued reduction of interest rate by one percentage point and lower fees for loan applications, HBOR has stated.

New Zealand PM: We need migrants as 'locals can't pass drug tests'

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English said Monday his country has to rely on immigrant workers because many locals can't pass workplace drug tests.

Father of dead Navy SEAL says he didn't want to meet with Trump

The father of a Navy SEAL killed in late January during a raid in Yemen chose not to meet US President Donald Trump when the soldier's casket arrived back in the United States, the Miami Herald reported Sunday.