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Factsheet for measure RO-2020-20/926 – Updated – measures in Romania
|Country||Romania , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 14 May 2020 – 02 December 2020|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Deferral of payments or liabilities
|Author||Victoria Stoiciu (European Institute of Romania)|
|Measure added||05 July 2020 (updated 29 April 2021)|
The institution of state of emergency led to the closing down of several economic activities. Some companies, in specific sectors, have been obliged by law to close their activities. Other companies were not obliged by law to interrupt their activities, but the consequences of lockdown made the interruption necessary. In several cases, companies have postponed the payment of the rent. All these facts led to a reduction in the income of the companies and difficulties in payments. In order to support the economic recovery, the Government announced in May tax facilities for payment of the annual building tax or building charge of those entities that have been hit by the effects of the COVID-19 crisis.
For the taxpayers paying the building tax/building charge, Local Councils/General Council of the Municipality of Bucharest can adopt resolutions, by 14 August 2020 inclusive, on the reduction of the annual tax on buildings by up to 50%, for non-residential buildings, owned by individuals/legal persons if during the period for which the state of emergency was declared the owners or users of the buildings were required, according to the law, to completely interrupt their activity. The GEO 69/2020 also provides that Local Councils/General Council can exempt from the payment of the monthly building charge due by lessees, tenants, holders of the right to administer or use a public or private property of the state or of the administrative-territorial units, if during the period for which the state of emergency was decreed the users of the buildings were required, according to the law, to completely interrupt their economic activity.
For payment reduction of the annual tax on non-residential buildings, granted under resolutions of local public administration authorities, the owners of the buildings have to submit by 15 September 2020, inclusive, a reduction application accompanied by a sworn-statement, to the local tax authority in whose territorial area the building is located.
For exemption from the payment of the monthly building charge, granted under resolutions of local public administration authorities to lessees, tenants, holders of the right to administer or use a public or private property of the state or administrative-territorial units, these categories will file, by 15 September 2020, inclusive, with the local tax authority in whose territorial area of competence the building is located, an exemption application, accompanied by a sworn-statement.
|Does not apply to workers||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Local / regional government
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 the social partners in the implementation and monitoring of measure.
No opinions have been publicly expressed by social partners.
Eurofound (2020), Facilities granted for payment of the building tax or building charge, measure RO-2020-20/926 (measures in Romania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/RO-2020-20_926.html
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