Factsheet for case RO-2020-12/928 – measures in Romania
|Country||Romania , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 21 March 2020 – 15 May 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Deferral of payments or liabilities
|Author||Victoria Stoiciu (European Institute of Romania) and Eurofound|
|Case created||05 July 2020 (updated 22 July 2020)|
As of 16 March 2020, the state of emergency was declared in Romania. Several lockdown measures, such as closing of shopping centres, bars, restaurants, indoor activities and travel ban have been imposed by authorities, leading to financial difficulties for many companies. Small and Medium Enterprises have been among the most affected economically. In order to mitigate the negative impact on economy of COVID-19, the Government issued a Government Emergency Ordinance (GEO 29//2020) that provides for deferred payment for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) for utilities and rent for premises used as headquarters or secondary offices.
Throughout the state of emergency, small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) can delay the utilities and rent payment. To be eligible, beneficiaries should have fully or partly interrupted their activity based on decisions issued by public authorities and should hold a state of emergency certificate.The business disruption is not sufficient, additionally, the locations of the enterprises must be closed (even partially) as a result of the state of emergency related measures taken by the public authorities. Utilities for which deferment of payment is granted are electricity, natural gas, water, telephone and internet services. Deferment of rent payment is granted for the main office and for the secondary offices.
Throughout the state of emergency, 45,000 companies have applied for an emergency certificate, which is a condition for SMEs to benefit of the deferment. But there is no official estimation on the number of SMEs that made use of the legal provisions provided by the measure.
|Does not apply to workers||
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
The involvement of social partners in the design of the measure is unknown. There is no involvement of social partners required for the implementation and monitoring of the measure.
No public positions have been expressed by social partners regarding the measure.
Eurofound (2020), Deferment of payment for utilities and rent for SMEs , case RO-2020-12/928 (measures in Romania), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
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