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Health Ministry: SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence study to be carried out June-September

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

  The seroprevalence study for the SARS-CoV-2 infection, coordinated by the National Public Health Institute (INSP) will be carried out between June and September, according to an order of the Health Minister."We are seeking to determine the degree of SARS-CoV-2 spreading among Romania's population, in order to properly substantiate the future protection measures of the population's health. The National Public Health ...

Shopping malls in Romania could reopen on June 15

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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Government will re-open the shopping malls on June 15 if by then the number of COVID-19 infected people will decrease, said on Tuesday Minister of Economy, Energy and Business Environment Virgil Popescu in a Facebook post."Today, me and Prime Minister Ludovic Orban had a meeting with members of the Romanian Real Estate Investors Association. They presented to us the problems they have faced during this period of crisis. We agreed that if the epidemiological ...

ForMin Aurescu meets UK Ambassador, discusses new Strategic Partnership Romania-UK

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bogdan Aurescu on Tuesday had a meeting with the Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Romania, Andrew Noble, on which occasion the Romanian official talked about the "firm desire to launch and set into motion the new revised bilateral Strategic Partnership adjusted to the new European realities and the withdrawal of UK from the European Union," reads a press release of the MAE sent on Tuesday.During ...

...and German ambassador to discuss upcoming EU Council German presidency

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Romania's Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Tuesday met German ambassador in Bucharest Cord Meier-Klodt to discuss the situation of seasonal workers and the upcoming German presidency of the EU Council.According to a press statement released by the Foreign Ministry (MAE), Aurescu reiterated "the priority attention Romania has been paying to the situation of seasonal Romanian citizens or residents of Germany voicing the constant concern of the Romanian authorities ...

End-May forex reserves advance to 35.646 billion euros

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

As of May 31, 2020, the forex reserves of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) stood at 35.646 billion euros, up 7.5 pct from 33.156 billion euros at the end of this April, the central bank announced in a release. Inflows recorded in May amounted to 8.002 billion euros, representing changes in the foreign exchange reserve requirements of the credit institutions, inflows into the accounts of the Ministry of Public Finance (including the amount raised through the ...

Three-month interbank offered rate dips to 2.29 ppa on Tuesday

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Romania's three-month interbank offered rate ROBOR, which is used for pricing floating rate consumer loans in RON, dropped on Tuesday to 2.98 ppa from 2.40 ppa on May 30, the National Bank of Romania (BNR) informed.Early in 2019 the three-month ROBOR was 2.99 ppa, and at the beginning of this year it stood at 3.19 ppa. On June 3, 2019 the benchmark interest rate was 3.24 ppa.The 6-month index that is used for pricing floating rate mortgage loans ...

Increase of pensions, realistically, yet by 40pct - a PSD brand hot potato, Orban says

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Government's objective is to increase pensions "realistically, on the basis of economic realities", said on Monday night Prime minister Ludovic Orban at the private TV broadcaster Digi24, adding that raising them by 40pct would be "a hot potato, which was prepared in advance by the PSD"."We are going to increase pensions. Our objective is to increase pensions as much as we can, in real terms. I can't say right now, what will be the percentage. (...) We will ...

Confidence among RO companies, households recovers in May

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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The sentiment of the population and companies in Romanian improved in May after a sharp decline in the previous month, triggered by the COVID-19 restrictions. The Economic Sentiment Indicator (ESI), which measures the confidence in a given economy, rose from an 18-year low of 65.3 points in April to 72.2 points in Romania, according to data from the European Commission. The index thus recovered one-fifth of the decrease recorded ...

Social Monitor: 0.8% of occupied labor force in Romania worked from home in 2019, 6 times below EU average

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Social restrictions that prevented or limited going to the work place affected Romania's economy in a disproportionate way, when only 0.8% of occupied labor force in Romania usually worked from home last year, the  last but one value in EU, according to a  Social Monitor graph, a project by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Romania. “According to Eurostat, in 2019 only 0.8% of occupied labor force in Romania usually worked from home, the last ...

eJobs: 1.3 million Romanians came back home in last two months

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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About 1.3 million Romanians came back home in the last two months, determined mostly by losing the jobs they had in countries like Spain, Italy, Great Britain or Germany, according to statistics made by eJobs Romania. The company noticed that, once safety measures relaxed in most countries, Romanians started looking for jobs abroad, 20,000 applications for jobs outside the country being recorded in May. Romanians have changed their criteria for choosing jobs, medicalinsurance ...

Untold, Neversea, Electric Castle and Summer Well Festivals postponed for 2021

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The organizers of Untold and Neversea festivals, ...

PSD spokesman: Simple motions against Labor, Development Ministers might hit Parliament this week

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The simple motions announced by the opposition's Social Democratic Party (PSD) against Labor Minister Violeta Alexandru and Minister of Public Works and Development Ion Stefan will most likely be submitted to Parliament this week, the party's spokesman Lucian Romascanu told a press conference on Sunday."We are working on them and they will probably be submitted at the beginning of next week, on Tuesday or Wednesday - as Monday is a day off due to Catholic ...

Ciolacu support an alliance between PSD, ALDE and Pro Romania

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The interim chairman of the social-democrat party – PSD, Marcel Ciolacu, stated he personally supports an alliance with Pro Romania, the party of former social-democrat prime-minister Victor Ponta, and with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), the party of the former liberal prime-minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu, but a decision in this sense must be taken by the party. Asked in an interview offered to the channel Antena 3 if he agreed with an alliance with ...

The Bucharest Police : five members of the government , fined for not wearing the protection mask and smoking in closed spaces

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The General Department of Police of Bucharest (DGPMB) informs that they fined on Saturday worth 18,000 lei five members of the government, for offences of not wearing the protection mask and smoking in spaces where smoking is banned. ‘Thus, two members of the government were sanctioned with two contravention fines worth 3,000 lei each, for not wearing the mask and for smoking in closed space. Another two people were sanctioned with fine worth 2500 lei for each, for not ...

Orban: Nicusor Dan is the candidate we support for Bucharest Mayor; we don't change on whim

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said that the National Liberal Party (PNL) will continue to support, together with the Save Romania Union - Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity (USR-PLUS) Alliance, and possibly the People's Movement Party (PMP), Nicusor Dan as candidate for the Bucharest Mayor, emphasizing that the PNL is not changing its decision.When asked if Nicusor Dan remains the PNL candidate for Mayor, Orban said "Certainly! But he's not only our candidate. ...

Romania's COVID-19 death toll rises by 6 to 1,276

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Six more people have died in Romania due to the novel coronavirus, bringing the country's total death toll to 1,276 deaths, the Strategic Communication Group (GCS), the official novel coronavirus communication task force, announced on Monday afternoon. These are a 76-year-old woman and five men aged 64 to 83. A number of 141 cases of people infected with the novel coronavirus have been reported in Romania since the last information, bringing the total ...

Romania's restaurant industry expected to lose some 5,000 locations nationwide

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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Romania's restaurant industry will lose around 5,000 locations nationwide, about 10% of the total, as these locations will not be able to reopen moving forward, Chairman of Romania's Hotel and Restaurant Employers' Organisation (HORA) Daniel Mischie, told a news conference on Monday."A very big loss, if we look at the number of locations that can practically not reopen. There are more than 5,000 locations nationwide in the restaurant industry that will not be able ...

Romania's hospitality industry could face losses of one billion euros in 2020

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The estimated losses in Romania's hospitality industry this year will approach one billion euros, Calin Ile, chairman of the Federation of the Romanian Hospitality Industry (FIHR) told a news conference on Monday."In the local hospitality industry, in March and April, about 6 million overnight stays were lost, which is the equivalent of about 240-million-euro losses. Our estimates for this year are losses of 60-65% over the last year. As we know that last year the ...

AHK Romania says restarting economy must be supported by solutions to look after children

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

The Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Romania) is of the opinion that the resumption of activities is vital for re-opening the economy and mitigating an economic crisis, but for companies to resume their business it is important that parents should be able to leave their children under safe supervision while going to work, according to a press statement released by the organisation on Monday."There are parents who cannot to work from home or ...

Education investment project of 118.4 million euros to be funded by AFIR

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

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Romania's Agency for the Funding of Rural Investment (AFIR) has announced it is financing 322 projects for the establishment, modernisation and extension of different types of educational institutions in rural areas, under sub-measure 7.2 "Investment in establishing and upgrading small scale basic infrastructure" in the National Rural Development Programme 2014 - 2020 (PNDR 2020), according to an AFIR press statement.Of these, 259 projects aim to establish and ...

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