Press mood stories for Romania

Apr 25, 2018 05:30GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Romanians lean towards new cars again. Auto market reaches 10-year maximum in Q1 (Ziarul Financiar)
Resignations trend: 1 in 5 bank employees leaves employers, like in 2008 (Ziarul Financiar)
Bizarre mediation: President wants to mediate between central bank and govt, a conflict neither of parties recognise (Ziarul Financiar)
Govt finds RON 3bn to pay doctors’ wages but forgets about auxiliary staff (Ziarul Financiar)
MPs want to change national security laws (Adevarul)
Govt confirms: PM Dancila to visit Israel for 2 days (Adevarul)
Justice minister on anti-graft’s chief dismissal: I bring managerial and judicial arguments, president brings only political explanations (Adevarul)
Justice minister does not exclude revision of some indictments grounded on secret cooperation protocols with intelligence services (Gandul)
Ionut Dumitru, Fiscal Council: Interest rates are still low compared to inflation rate (Bursa)
Deputy PM: Sale of ArcelorMittal Galati steel mill only with endorsement of Romanian state (Bursa)
PM Borisov: Romania and Bulgaria to build new bridge over Danube and Bucharest- Sofia highway (Romania Libera)
Benjamin Netanyahu invites PSD leader Dragnea to visit Israel (Romania Libera)
NGO demands USA State Department to suspend visa of Liviu Dragnea (Romania Libera)
Gas royalties should not be linked to gas price in Austria (Romania Libera)
Apr 24, 2018 05:56GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Romania has fragmented retail market: first five retailers have less than one quarter share in EUR 30bn market (Ziarul Financiar)
Eurostat: Romania has among highest budget deficits in EU (Ziarul Financiar)
Employers complain about lack of workers, but Romania has among lowest shares of working elderly in EU (Ziarul Financiar)
UniCredit Leasing head: Financing goes to production, different from boom period of leasing when financing went to consumption (Ziarul Financiar)
Analysts: Interest rates on corporate loans may double in 2018 (Ziarul Financiar)
President Iohannis wants to mediate conflict between govt, NBR (Adevarul)
ITC market advances impressively (Adevarul)
Iohannis discusses with PM Dancila about idea to move embassy to Jerusalem, expresses hope such gaffes would not occur anymore (Gandul)
[Inter-bank rates index] ROBOR takes another jump at beginning of week (Gandul)
Iohannis sends to court law changing National Integrity Agency’s law (Gandul)
Scandal on dismissing anti-graft’s chief reaches CCR (Bursa)
Romanian MEP: National security is at risk due to land purchases by foreigners (Bursa)
NPLs loans market may no longer work in case of new crisis (Bursa)
Iohannis: Modernisation of military must continue (Curierul National)
Opposition senators call justice minister for explanation on new justice law changes (Romania Libera)
Rare situation: Wind turbines consume, not generate electricity (Romania Libera)
Crisis: Thousands of vacant jobs on seaside (Romania Libera)
PNL files simple motion against healthcare minister on wages scandal (Evenimentul Zilei)
Apr 23, 2018 05:18GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Biggest challenges for SMEs remain fiscal issues and labour (Ziarul Financiar)
Over 90% of foreign investors say business plans are affected by legislative modifications (Ziarul Financiar)
State subsidises tobacco production with EUR 2,080 per hectare while opposition MPs want to ban electronic cigarettes in public spaces (Ziarul Financiar)
[Opposition leader] Ludovic Orban says no confidence motion against Dancila cabinet is certainly to follow (Adevarul)
PM meets today with hospital managers to discuss wages conflict (Adevarul)
Govt decides PSD leader Dragnea is absolute leader of ‘national consensus’; his strategy to become mandatory for all cabinets until 2040 (Gandul)
Opposition PNL demands withdrawal of Long-Term National Strategy (Gandul)
Transgaz loses auction for DESFA to Snam (Bursa)
BRD distributes 83% of last year profits as dividends (Bursa)
[Senate’s chairman] Tariceanu is against justification requirement of big money amounts (Curierul National)
Defence minister: Five armoured transporters to be produced in Romania this year (Romania Libera)
Tourism minister allows construction of accommodation facilities in Danube’s Delta (Romania Libera)
Ruling PSD accuses NBR of damaging Romania’s interests (Evenimentul Zilei)
Idea to move Romania’s embassy to Jerusalem stirs war between presidency and govt (Evenimentul Zilei)
Apr 20, 2018 06:59GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
NBR proposes interest rates on loans to be capped at average market interest rate, not benchmark interest rate (Ziarul Financiar)
The EUR 1.2bn services surplus ‘saves’ goods deficit amounting to EUR 1.6bn in two months (Ziarul Financiar)
Lending boom ten years ago is now being paid (Ziarul Financiar)
Most dynamic sectors in early 2018: One third of new jobs are in manufacturing (Ziarul Financiar)
Why and how thousands of laws pass in parliament without being discussed (Adevarul)
Competition head makes announcement. What will happen to the price of energy (Gandul)
Protests in entire health system. Employees complain about capping bonuses (Gandul)
Court confirms existence of incorrect practices in Raiffeisenbank (Bursa)
Competition council recommends lowering electricity tariffs (Bursa)
BRD shareholders approved dividends of over RON 1bn (Bursa)
Apr 19, 2018 06:28GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Senate approves again setup of sovereign investments fund (Ziarul Financiar)
Romania has highest inflation rate in EU in March (Ziarul Financiar)
Number of employees increases by 190,000 persons in 2017 (Ziarul Financiar)
CFA analysts warn: Damaging private pensions Pillar II would be catastrophic for local capital market (Ziarul Financiar)
[Ruling] PSD prepares massive mutilation of criminal code (Adevarul)
CCR debates today second appeal on justice law changes (Adevarul)
[President] Iohannis: PSD increases wages until they fall; now wants to nationalise private pensions Pillar II (Adevarul)
[Anti-graft chief] Kovesi is investigated again by judicial inspection (Gandul)
PSD does not give up controversial modifications of criminal code (Gandul)
NBR is willing to discuss methodology of interest rates capping (Bursa)
Exxon and Petrom want to discuss offshore law with political parties (Bursa)
[FinMin] Teodorovici does not exclude scenario of investing public pension funds (Romania Libera)
[Energy regulator] ANRE: Romania must decide fast on Black Sea gas (Romania Libera)
Inflation effect: Companies are afraid of investing (Romania Libera)
Huge step for Romania’s economy: United Arab Emirates becomes strategic partner in East (Evenimentul Zilei)
[Labour Minister] Olguta Vasilescu sticks to unitary wage bill (Evenimentul Zilei)
Apr 18, 2018 06:19GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Deloitte survey warning signal: Optimism in 2017 transforms in pessimism; only one in three CFOs sees growth (Ziarul Financiar)
Advent investment fund is one step from returning to local market (Ziarul Financiar)
Romania’s EUR 2.5bn exports to UK are at doubt after Brexit (Ziarul Financiar)
Romania is tenth European car producer in 2017 (Ziarul Financiar)
State asks Transgaz to double its proposed dividend (Ziarul Financiar)
Commission’s favourable endorsement on conflict of interests’ law: 10% of wage penalty for maximum 6 months (Adevarul)
Parliament wants two new special commissions (Adevarul)
Finance ministry wants to simplify public procurement laws (Adevarul)
IMF estimates accelerated falls after record economic growth (Gandul)
Govt report on Q1 is full of ‘accomplishments’ to start in Q2 (Gandul)
Competition for investments in Eastern Europe becomes dramatic (Gandul)
NBR’s intervention in money market pushes up govt’s borrowing costs (Bursa)
Prosecutors continue investigation on former finance minister Valdescu (Bursa)
PNL Turcan: Dragnea and Tariceanu want to dismiss [anti-graft chief prosecutor] Kovesi by breaking laws (Romania Libera)
Beer market rises by 2% last year (Romania Libera)
Eurostat in disagreement with Sovereign Fund set-up (Romania Libera)
High-sugar-content beverages may be additionally taxed (Romania Libera)
Justice law changes hidden behind scandal with Kovesi’s dismissal (Evenimentul Zilei)
Apr 17, 2018 06:13GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Electro-IT market in Romania exceeds for first time Czech Republic and nears EUR 3bn in 2017 (Ziarul Financiar)
Possible consolidation scenarios of telecom market in Romania (Ziarul Financiar)
Half of fresh new listings on Bucharest Stock Exchange are below expected prices (Ziarul Financiar)
NBR: Economic growth comes with costs: strong widening of CA and structural deficits (Ziarul Financiar)
Unqualified workers are hard to find in agriculture (Ziarul Financiar)
New anti-justice law proposal: Statute of limitation for conflict of interest set for 3 years (Adevarul)
PSD uses referendum on traditional family as human shield against justice (Adevarul)
SME’s rep: ArcelorMittal announcement to give up Galati steel mill should worry govt (Adevarul)
PSD Dragnea is worried about rates rise. Says wants to discuss with NBR governor (Gandul)
President Iohannis does not dismiss Kovesi from anti-graft’s chief position (Gandul)
Court of law: OTP bank hides essential information on CHF appreciation risk to clients (Bursa)
M&A market drops significantly in Q1 this year (Bursa)
PSD may change education minister (Curentul)
Senate rejects law proposal that eliminates political bias in CCR (Romania Libera)
PNL Orban rejects all attacks to NBR (Romania Libera)
PM orders declassification of cooperation protocols between prosecutors and intelligence services (Evenimentul Zilei)
Apr 16, 2018 06:00GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Historic premiere in retail: total surface of malls and commercial centres decreases in 2017 (Ziarul Financiar)
Bad news: ArcelorMittal confirms selling steel mill in Galati (Ziarul Financiar)
Big drawback: Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia export more than Romania despite half or lower population (Ziarul Financiar)
Foreigners keep decreasing deposits in Romania (Ziarul Financiar)
President Klaus Iohannis may announce if he dismisses DNA’s chief prosecutor this week (Adevarul)
PM Dancila presents first report to ruling party; PSD discusses possible reshuffle (Adevarul)
Luxury pensions are behind constant attacks to private pensions pillar (Adevarul)
[Former president] Basescu thinks Iohannis wants to be president of European Council (Gandul)
Confusing statements of finance minister regarding payments from abroad (Gandul)
Real estate prices start rising rapidly (Bursa)
Romania is affected by products’ double standard in the EU (Bursa)
Statistical office is now under political influence (Curierul National)
Apr 13, 2018 06:13GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Biggest losers of inflation rate increase to 5% are those with bank deposits (Ziarul Financiar)
Food imports increase three times faster that exports in five years (Ziarul Financiar)
Over 3.2mn Romanians leave abroad even if wages increase by 50% in past five years (Ziarul Financiar)
Industry keeps growing nicely: 7% in two months (Ziarul Financiar)
Banks keep Q1 excess liquidity at NBR instead of lending in economy; excess reaches RON 17.3bn in March (Ziarul Financiar)
Sources: NBR prepares another reshuffle (Adevarul)
Opposition PNL accuses PM of political influencing statistical office by taking it over in cabinet’s structure (Adevarul)
Inflation rate reaches 5% in March, highest level since June 2013 (Adevarul)
Romanians prefer short-term savings (Adevarul)
After announcement of high inflation, statistical office is transferred under PM’s coordination (Gandul)
Ionut Dumitru, Fiscal Council: Economy is overheated according to any definition (Bursa)
Spectacular development of real-estate market in 2017 (Bursa)
Carrefour Romania records 10.6% y/y increase of sales in Q1 (Curierul National)
PSD Dragnea wants to revise Romania-France partnership (Romania Libera)
Second city in Romania to build underground train network (Romania Libera)
Apr 12, 2018 06:04GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Logistic parks developer CTP extends Faurecia factory and builds new deposits for Arctic (Ziarul Financiar)
Summer of 2019 is milestone for Bucharest office buildings market; major deliveries should be absorbed (Ziarul Financiar)
Foreign Investors Council asks govt to clarify social contributions transfer to employees (Ziarul Financiar)
Finance minister criticises EC’s Country Report conclusions (Ziarul Financiar)
Lazea, NBR: In case of crisis after Brexit, we will be the most exposed European country (Adevarul)
First meeting of the National Commission for Euro Adoption takes place today (Adevarul)
PSD, justice minister have no reaction to GRECO report (Adevarul)
PM Dancila denies reshuffle rumours (Gandul)
GRECO expresses worry again about justice in Romania (Gandul)
Govt wants to make private pensions pillar optional (Bursa)
We have mega-commission for euro adoption, but do we really need euro (Bursa)
Deloitte: Dismissal costs in Romania are among the lowest in the EU (Curentul)
Angela Cristea, EC: Budget deficit is close to damage threshold (Bursa)
Romanians’ gross wages decrease (Curierul National)
Anti-graft chief prosecutor is investigated again by judicial commission for disciplinary breaches (Romania Libera)
Lawyer: Local regulations do not define fraud (Romania Libera)
Finance minister: Consumption is main economic growth driver, but this will change (Romania Libera)
Apr 11, 2018 05:48GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Eurostat: Domestic companies’ monthly costs on one employee is of around EUR 1,000, four times lower than in EU (Ziarul Financiar)
Four IT companies in Romania are in FT top of firms with fastest growths (Ziarul Financiar)
Bucharest Stock Exchange remains investment-for-dividends market for next 2-3 years (Ziarul Financiar)
Senate’s chairman: If president refuses to dismiss anti-graft’s chief, govt should appeal at CCR (Adevarul)
Romania has deadliest roads in the EU (Gandul)
Solar electricity production exceeds capacity of one nuclear reactor (Bursa)
Deloitte: Dismissal costs in Romania are among lowest in EU (Curentul)
Imports and exports are growing (Curierul National)
Anti-corruption’s chief prosecutor finds out in a few days if she is to be dismissed (Romania Libera)
PSD-led cabinets dry out RON 6bn from state enterprises’ accounts (Romania Libera)
Senate’s chairman wants to be ruling coalition PSD-ALDE candidate for presidency (Evenimentul Zilei)
PSD Dragnea wants referendum in May, backs marriage between man and woman (Evenimentul Zilei)
Apr 10, 2018 05:23GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Germany is Romania’s most important trade partner (Ziarul Financiar)
Dacia remains rising success for Renault Group (Ziarul Financiar)
Constanta city is new real-estate developers’ favourite destination (Ziarul Financiar)
Simple motion against EU funds minister to be debated today (Adevarul)
Romania keeps investing in coal mines despite spending billions to close them (Adevarul)
Finance minister explains early wage payment only for some civil servants (Gandul)
Foreign minister: OECD joining will speed up internal reforms (Bursa)
State office: Cargo railway transport rises by 6.6% in 2017 and road cargo transport by 4.7% (Bursa)
New anti-government street demonstration is preparing for May: ‘We want Europe, not dictatorship’ (Curierul National)
Labour minister wants to simplify adoption procedures (Romania Libera)
Deputy interior minister starts war with electronic cigarette producers (Romania Libera)
Apr 05, 2018 06:18GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Tax authority: Taxes of big contributors in Romania represent 43% in total even if their revenues represent 70% in total (Ziarul Financiar)
Jobless rate stagnates at 4.6% for third consecutive month (Ziarul Financiar)
Foreign investors trust in Romanian business environment drops (Ziarul Financiar)
NBR governor asks banks to increase rates on savings (Ziarul Financiar)
Romania diminishes electricity exports in region while imports rise three times compared to 2014 (Ziarul Financiar)
Parliamentary staff to receive bonuses for labour in harming conditions (Adevarul)
Ruling MPs want to set 3 years statute of limitations for incompatibility and conflict of interest (Adevarul)
Govt: GRECO report remains confidential until GRECO publishes it (Adevarul)
OMV Petrom plans higher dividends for its shareholders (Adevarul)
Has NBR been influenced by political pressures? (Bursa)
Banca Transilvania pays EUR 179mn for Bancpost (Bursa)
[NBR] Isarescu: Inflation will flatten at 5%, local uncertainties arise from fiscal policies (Romania Libera)
Apr 04, 2018 06:20GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Demand for apartments continuously grows despite interest rates rise (Ziarul Financiar)
Swiss giant Clariant buys 10 hectares land to build biodiesel factory near Craiova (Ziarul Financiar)
Four construction projects in capital city centre to spend EUR 60mn (Ziarul Financiar)
Health insurances lose strength: increase by 20% in 2017, three times below 2016 rise (Ziarul Financiar)
BCR to grant dividends in 2018, after 3-year break (Ziarul Financiar)
Scandal between president and PM after yesterday meeting (Adevarul)
Govt prepares new law on private pensions in 2019 (Adevarul)
Dacian Ciolos confirms to run for EP elections, aims to take over ruling in 2020 (Gandul)
Tax burden in oil sector diminishes after elimination of special construction tax (Bursa)
Bucharest mayor is accused of severely distorting competition (Curentul)
Senate’s chairman wants abuse of office offence to be precisely defined (Romania Libera)
Repair works on Bucharest Otopeni airport start (Romania Libera)
Apr 03, 2018 06:13GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Imports of big retail chains reach EUR 4bn (Ziarul Financiar)
Orange Romania gets fine for dominant position abuse from competition watchdog (Ziarul Financiar)
Nuclearelectrica may sell bonds to finance EUR 1.5-2bn investment for modernisation of reactor 1 (Ziarul Financiar)
President calls PM, labour minister in meeting to explain bad effects of tax revolution (Adevarul)
Tax revolution reduces private pensions (Adevarul)
Analysts: NBR to hike policy rate for third time this year (Adevarul)
Gas prices increase as of April 1 (Gandul)
Analysts: Fiscal easing and wage increases bring Romania close to 2008 situation (Bursa)
Finance minister schedules RON 3.82bn borrowings [in April] (Bursa)
Romanians revive life insurances (Curierul National)
Modernisation of tax authority is a forever-delayed project (Romania Libera)
MPs want to change insolvency law again (Romania Libera)
PNL accuses former PM Ciolos of backing ruling PSD (Evenimentul Zilei)
Mar 29, 2018 06:01GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Official statistics: Romania reaches 6.4mn employees in 2017, including black market (Ziarul Financiar)
Romanian entrepreneurs in construction materials field are among most active local investors (Ziarul Financiar)
Huawei estimates 40-50% growth in Romania in 2018 (Ziarul Financiar)
Colliers: Timisoara, Cluj Napoca and Iasi are new magnet-cities in Romania (Ziarul Financiar)
Effects of tax reform: more than half of wages are lower than minimum gross income in economy (Adevarul)
Govt discusses today bill making new changes to Fiscal Code (Adevarul)
Justice minister receives new GRECO report; its publication should be approved by govt (Adevarul)
President Iohannis is puzzled by decision to replace tax authority’s head with former finance minister (Adevarul)
Iohannis calls MPs again to make ‘good’ justice laws (Gandul)
Iohannis suggests he may not approve referendum in May (Gandul)
Transgaz finishes transaction to purchase Vestmoldtransgaz (Bursa)
Tax code modifications on govt agenda again (Bursa)
Justice minister asks govt to approve GRECO report publication (Romania Libera)
Finance minister: Inflation rate to be close to forecast in 2018 (Romania Libera)
Opposition PNL senior summon justice minister to publish GRECO report (Evenimentul Zilei)
Mar 28, 2018 05:06GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
HR Conference: Lack of skilled personnel is main obstacle for Romania’s GDP growth (Ziarul Financiar)
EY barometer: M&A market jumps above USD 5bn, 50% growth (Ziarul Financiar)
NBR Georgescu wants debate on households’ income taxation (Ziarul Financiar)
Cynical explanation from NBR: Banks have big margins on lending to population because they have to ensure cheap credits for firms (Ziarul Financiar)
In spite of rates growth, Romanians get loans worth RON 1.3bn in first two months of 2018 (Ziarul Financiar)
Parliament wants union with Moldova Rep, govt wants its entrance in EU (Adevarul)
Sources: Opposition PNL may lose several MPs in following weeks (Adevarul)
Victory for transporters: Govt may cut excises on diesel (Adevarul)
Tax authority has ambitious plans to collect more (Adevarul)
After PM, Council of Magistrates also asks for explanations from EC on requests letter in 2012 (Gandul)
Former intelligence head is questioned again by MPs on collaboration with prosecutors (Gandul)
Sovereign fund to be set up in maximum 2-3 months (Bursa)
Pension funds become very important player in domestic capital market (Bursa)
Alesonor develops first green suburb in Bucharest with EUR 100mn investment (Curierul National)
Special commission MP: Protocol between intelligence service and general prosecutor can be declassified and made public (Romania Libera)
MPs ask governor Isarescu to provide explanation on inflation developments (Romania Libera)
Finance minister: Deficit in Jan-Feb is within forecast (Romania Libera)
Sources: Rebels in PSD ask for 9 ministers to be reshuffled (Evenimentul Zilei)
Mar 27, 2018 05:57GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Romanians’ appetite for new apartments increases residential land prices (Ziarul Financiar)
Economy grows, but public debt too. Economic growth added RON 90bn to GDP and RON 28bn to budget, yet public debt rises by RON 15bn in ESA terms (Ziarul Financiar)
Budget revenues rise by 21% but expenditures by 38% in Jan-Feb (Ziarul Financiar)
Bosch to invest EUR 25mn in new research and development centre (Ziarul Financiar)
Romania celebrates today 100 years from union with Bessarabia [Moldova Republic] (Adevarul)
Debt collectors can no longer foreclose debtors (Adevarul)
Budget on free falling at beginning of year (Adevarul)
Romania expels one Russian diplomat (Gandul)
PSD Dragnea wants referendum law faster (Gandul)
Lawyer: USA and EU have systems to cap lending costs, Romania does not (Bursa)
NEPI invests EUR 40mn in most modern shopping centre in region (Curierul National)
President Iohannis says Romania must send solidarity message to UK (Romania Libera)
Roads company pledges 60km of highway in 2018 (Romania Libera)
Schweighofer sells all its forests in Romania (Evenimentul Zilei)
Traditional family referendum to be organised in May (Evenimentul Zilei)
Mar 26, 2018 06:14GMT, Romania, CEEMARKETWATCH.
Romanians buy 16mn smartphones in 10 years for EUR 4bn (Ziarul Financiar)
Ford export deliveries are delayed by one day because Romania is outside Schengen (Ziarul Financiar)
Food trade in Romania to rise by 26% in following five years and reach EUR 42bn (Ziarul Financiar)
Extreme weather changes affect crops; farmers complain about lack of money (Ziarul Financiar)
Legislative initiative: Three years statues of limitations on conflict of interest (Adevarul)
Justice laws are on senate’s agenda today for approval (Adevarul)
Damen pledges to establish financial health of Mangalia shipyard (Adevarul)
[State’s air carrier] Tarom pledges to end on profit this year (Adevarul)
Opposition senator wants to eliminate immunity of NBR board members (Bursa)
Mass manifestations in Moldova Republic for union with Romania (Curentul)
Eurostat: Romania and Bulgaria have lowest labour costs in EU in 2017 (Curierul National)
Agriculture minister evaluates frost effects: It is rather good than bad (Romania Libera)
Nuclear plant stops first nuclear reactor due to malfunction (Romania Libera)
Former president Basescu asks MPs to vote for union with Moldova Republic (Evenimentul Zilei)
MEP: Romania is not ready to join euro area (Evenimentul Zilei)
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