President of National Institute of Statistics is removed from office

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President of the National Institute of Statistics (INS) Vergil Voineagu was removed from office on Friday for the ‘serious mistake’ he made when calculating the GDP for 2011.

„Nobody is going to forgive us if we go on being stuck in what has been bureaucracy and the lack of functioning of some institutions for years on end. Now, at the beginning of this year, we have found that INS, the National Commission of Prognosis were wrong and, after from 2003 till 2010 they were wrong by adding something, they were calculating a GDP and afterwards it was higher, in 2011 they were wrong by taking something away from it. I do not think it is necessarily intentional, but it is a serious mistake,” said Prime Minister Ponta.

The decision on replacing the INS president is signed by Premier Victor Ponta and was published in the Official Gazette on Friday evening.

Till the INS president is appointed, Gered Beatrix, INS vice-president, will fulfil the tasks of the INS president in keeping with the Prime Minister’s decision that was published in the Official Gazette, Part 1, No 7, of January 4.

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