Daily Newsletter - 8 November 2022


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Macroeconomic (4)
Financial (4)
Investment (3)
Legislative (3)
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Social (3)
FIC concluded the third edition of "Leaders for Excellence in Healthcare" project 
The third edition of the "Leaders for Excellence in Healthcare" project took place on 13-28 October and was one again supported by the Ministry of Health in partnership with Maastricht and Sheffield Hallam Universities. The project was organized with support from the Ministry of Investments and European Projects, the Romanian Parliament’s Health Committee, the Presidential Advisor for Public Health, Dr. Loreta Păun and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Romania, H.E. Roelof van EES. The Foreign Investors Council (FIC)’s commitment to support Romania’s healthcare system, assumed since 2013, continues through the "Leaders for Excellence in Healthcare" (LEH) project, which consists of courses dedicated to medical personnel in the top management of Romanian hospitals.
Multinational companies expect tax burden to grow
Nearly half of multinational companies worldwide (47%) expect a significant increase in their group’s global effective tax rate following the implementation of the two-pillars global tax reform coordinated by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), while a similar proportion (50%) anticipate an increase in taxes due to high government debts accumulated during the COVID-19 pandemic, in jurisdictions where they are tax resident, according to the Deloitte 2022 Global Tax Survey: Beyond BEPS. Moreover, 90% of participating companies estimate that more tax disputes may arise out of the growing government deficits recorded over the past few years.
Inflation has already changed consumer behavior and is affecting demand
Inflation has already changed consumer behavior and is affecting demand, according to eToro analyst Bogdan Maioreanu, who has argued that in companies’ efforts to reduce costs, it is usually labor that is cut first. In Romania, the unemployment rate grew slightly, to 5.2%, in September 2022, from a nearly two-year low of 5.1% the previous month. The number of unemployed rose by 10,200 compared to the previous month, to 432,700. Individual investors are also starting to feel the pressure as markets have been hit by rising interest rates, while many may see declines in income from their regular jobs.
Romania will have a better economic evolution than the rest of countries in the region in 2023
Romania will have a better economic evolution than the rest of countries in the region thanks to its energy resources and the liquidity available on the market, but at higher financing costs than in the past, according to Wood&Company analysts. The company estimates 0.5% GDP growth in 2023, in real terms, and an 8.50% monetary policy rate peak in the spring of 2023, up from 6.25% at present.
Energy problems continued to affect Romanian economy
Energy problems continued to affect Romanian economy in the second month of autumn, despite the emergency ordinance approved by Ciucă government two months ago, which established that the energy price capping and compensation measures would remain in force until the end of August 2023. The economic crisis, the war in Ukraine and energy prices continued to deepen the inflation that European and national economies are facing, which is why, at local level, the National Bank of Romania (NBR)’s Board of Directors decided on 5 October to raise the key rate by 0.75%, from 5.5% to 6.25% per year. This decision also had an impact on the Robor and IRCC indices. NBR’s decision anticipated that of the European Central Bank, which also increased the interest rate by 0.75% on 27 October.
CEC Bank finances students and young families with RON 50.000 - RON 75.000
CEC Bank, the financial institution with the most extensive network in Romania, has been accepting applications for loans within the Student Invest and Family Start governmental programs since 7 November 2022. Financing of up to RON 50,000 (Student Invest) and RON 75,000 (Family Start) with state guarantees and subsidized interest rates and fees can be obtained through the two programs. The maximum duration of Family Start and Student Invest loans is of 10 years, with a period of grace of up to 5 years.
Analysts expect NBR to raise the key rate again on Tuesday, 8 October
Analysts expect the National Bank of Romania (NBR) to raise the key rate again during its monetary policy meeting on Tuesday, 8 October. NBR has the lowest monetary policy rate in the region and needs to catch up with other central banks, which have already broken the cycle of interest rate hikes. NBR will most likely revise its inflation forecast upwards. Bank economists expect the central bank to raise its monetary policy rate by 0.5%, to 6.75%, a new record high since the spring of 2010, according to a Bloomberg survey. During its previous meeting in October, NBR had taken the market by surprise with a 0.75% key rate increase.
EFSE has granted a EUR 7 million subordinated loan to Patria Bank
The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) has granted a EUR 7 million Basel III-compliant Tier 2 subordinated loan to Patria Bank. The loan is part of the EFSE crisis response package and targets the financing of microenterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in critical industries, in the agricultural sector, affected by the war between Russia and Ukraine. The loan will help Patria Bank provide long-term financing to micro-enterprises and SMEs and contribute to increasing local production and food security, as well as business resilience and inclusion.
Raiffeisen Bank has increased interest rates on RON-denominated deposits
Raiffeisen Bank has increased interest rates on RON-denominated deposits to 7.50% per year, those on euro-denominated deposits to 1.50% and those on deposits in US dollars to 2.50%. Apart from the standard deposits, of 3, 12 and 24 months for RON and of 3, 6 and 12 months for foreign currency, clients can also opt for Flexidepozit, a six-month deposit in RON, with 7% annual interest which allows subsequent top-ups, but also a partial withdrawal if necessary.
Ministry of Family invests EUR 50 million for 150 day centers for children from poor families
Family Minister Gabriela Firea has announced the launch of the call for projects under the "Social Reforms Part of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan" component, through which EUR 50 million will be invested in 150 day centers for children from poor families, and has invited mayors to get involved and submit projects. She had announced that projects are expected from local authorities in municipalities, towns and communes, which can set up such day centers individually or in partnership with accredited private social service providers.
Finas Group and DTEK Renewables International launch EUR 150 million investments
Finas Group, a company from Cluj operating on the green energy market, has become a partner in a joint venture with DTEK Renewables International, aiming to develop several renewable energy projects worth EUR 150 million, according to a press release. The cited source also indicates that the collaboration between the two companies had started in December 2021, with the joint development of a 60 MW wind farm in Ruginoasa locality, Iasi County, on a 25 hectare area. The EUR 90 million investment is currently in the design and equipment tendering stage and is due to be completed in 2024. In June 2022, Finas Group and DTEK Renewables International started a new EUR 60 million project.
Atu Tech invests EUR 3.5 million in Black Friday stock
Atu Tech (, an online security systems store in Romania, has included, for the first time in Romania, photovoltaic systems in its Black Friday 2022 sales campaign. As a result, 5KW inverters can be purchased for prices starting from RON 5,999.99 or 3.15 KW solar panel packages for only RON 6,599.99, but also complete 5KW photovoltaic systems, ONGRID, available at RON 21,999.99. Atu Tech ( has invested EUR 3.5 million in stocks of products for the Black Friday event to support the anticipated growing demand in November.
PSD submits new draft law for the construction of small hydropower plants in protected areas
On Monday, 7 November, Social Democratic (PSD) MPs re-submitted the draft law on the construction of hydropower plants in protected areas, after the first version had been declared unconstitutional, according to Social Democrat Senator Daniel Zamfir. The draft law allows continuing works on hydrotechnical investments started before 2007, the year of Romania’s accession to the EU and the year in which the protected areas were designated, he added.
Government Emergency Ordinance capping firewood prices has been tacitly adopted
On Monday, 7 November, the Senate tacitly adopted Government Emergency Ordinance (OUG) 134/2022 capping the price of firewood until 31 March 2023. On 5 October, the government had approved an emergency ordinance capping the price of firewood at RON 400 per cubic meter. According to the normative act, the price of firewood, wood chips, sawdust and wood waste has been set at RON 400 per cubic meter, VAT included, the maximum price for wood briquettes is RON 1,500 per ton, VAT included, and a maximum price of RON 2,000 per ton, including VAT, is set for pellets.
Draft law on cyber security and defense has been put up for public debate
The Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalization has put up for public consultation the draft law on Romania’s cybersecurity and cyberdefense, one of the draft laws included in the package regarding national security. The draft law stipulates the establishment of the National Cybersecurity System (SNCSC), whose activity would be coordinated by the Cybersecurity Operations Council (COSC). The Council would be led by the presidential adviser on national security issues. According to the draft law, the Romanian Intelligence Service is the competent authority in the field of cyber intelligence at national level. The draft law also stipulates that legal persons in charge of networks and information systems have the obligation to report cybersecurity incidents immediately, but no later than 24 hours after the incident is detected.
European News 
Eurozone countries discuss coordination of energy support plans
Euro zone finance ministers will discuss on Monday (7 November) how to better coordinate support for economies against soaring energy prices to reduce the uncertainty such schemes create for their 2023 budgets and to better prepare for a looming recession. Germany angered its European Union peers in September by announcing a plan to support households and businesses worth up to €200 billion – an amount few countries can match and which critics say threatens fair competition within the EU’s single market. Other EU countries have also announced support plans, but smaller. Such schemes, which act like a fiscal stimulus, not only increase already large public debt in the 19-country euro zone, but also make it difficult for the European Central Bank to fight inflation which hit an annual 10.7% in October.
A third of underage mothers come from underage mothers, according to Save the Children study
More than eight out of ten mothers and pregnant women under the age of 18 do not go to school, and four out of ten access only family medicine during pregnancy, according to a study conducted by Save the Children Organization on the situation of teenage mothers/pregnant teenage girls in Romania presented on Monday, 7 November, at the Senate, in a debate on this topic. The analysis also shows that two out of ten underage mothers have more than one child, and 32% of them said their mother had been underage when she had given birth to them.
In 2022, Romanians will earn 2% less than in the previous year
The National Prognosis Commission (CNP), the institution that issues the forecasts the government’s revenues and expenditure budgets are based on, has published its autumn forecast showing that the labor market is expected to have a positive evolution. Thus, the only indicator that will have a negative value at the end of 2022 is real earnings, which will be -2% overall in 2022, according to CNP’s forecast. This means that overall wage increases will be 2% lower than the inflation rate at 2022 level. The National Prognosis Commission sees a real wage gain of 1.7% for 2023, and of 4.7% for 2024.
Romania ranks last in Europe in terms of number of collective labor agreements concluded
The National Trade Union Bloc (BNS) warned on Monday, 7 November that there were less than two months left until the Government and Parliament must adopt the new Social Dialog Law, given that the inclusion of certain measures represents a milestone in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR). The trade unionists also indicated that Romania ranked last in Europe in terms of number of collective labor agreements concluded. They pointed out that in any economy there were two ways in which economic growth can be redistributed between capital and labor.