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Factsheet for measure RO-1998-1/2503 – Updated – measures in Romania
|Country||Romania , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 January 1998|
|Context||Restructuring Support Instruments|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Reorientation of business activities
|Author||Nicoleta Voicu (Association Center for Public Innovation)|
|Measure added||23 June 2022 (updated 14 November 2022)|
According to article 3, paragraph 1 of Law 215/1997, the Builders’ Social House has as main objective to ensure the protection of employees in the sector of construction and building materials' production during the interruption of work due to adverse weather conditions (1 November - 31 March). This provides social protection over the coldest period of the year; during this time, even if work does not take place, employees keep their jobs, and their income is ensured from the funds of the Builders' Social House .
This instrument is available to companies from the construction sector that are members of Builders’ Social House.
Support is provided to workers who have an employment contract with the member companies. The monthly social protection benefit is 75% of the average monthly base salary of the prior three months and is paid for no more than 90 calendar days.
The monthly social protection benefit is spilt between:
From the social protection fund, during 2020, monthly social protection benefits were paid for a total amount of €10.5 million to 28,046 beneficiaries. In 2019 the total value of the monthly social protection benefit was €9.63 million granted to 30,000 beneficiaries.
By October 2022, 560,000 social protection benefits were granted.
Employees in standard employment
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Direct consultation outside a formal body||Direct consultation outside a formal body|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The representative trade unions and employer organisations from the construction sector set up the Builders’ Social House.
The social protection fund is created from the contributions of the member companies (1.5% of turnover) and of the employees (1% of their gross base monthly salary). The fund is managed by the Builders’ Social House.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|F - Construction||F41 Construction of buildings|
|Occupation (ISCO level 2)|
|Building and related trades workers, excluding electricians|
Eurofound (2022), Builders’ Social House, measure RO-1998-1/2503 (measures in Romania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/RO-1998-1_2503.html
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