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Factsheet for case RO-2020-23/1191 – measures in Romania

Improving safety at the workplace

Imbunatatirea sigurantei la locul de munca

Country Romania , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 04 June 2020
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Well-being of workers
Author Victoria Stoiciu (European Institute of Romania) and Eurofound
Case created 27 September 2020 (updated 16 October 2020)

Background information

The measure consist in a social partners initiative - a protocol of cooperation between Confederatia Nationala a Sindicatelor Cartel Alfa (national trade union organization) and Confindustria Romania (the employers organization of Italian companies active in Romania). The measure was determined by the need to ensure a safe transition back to work after the end of the state of emergency, for protecting workers health and keeping business profitable. Against this background, the social partners decided to conclude a protocol that will enforce some of the best practices from Italy in Romanian companies.

Content of measure

The content of the protocol is not public. It might be gradually disclosed, but there is no calendar in this regard up to date.

From the media and from the interviews with trade union representative carried on for this study, it appears that the measure is targeting the employees of the companies affiliated to Confederatia Nationala a Sindicatelor Cartel Alfa and Confindustria Romania. It basically offers to the employees (and to their family members) a special private health care insurance that may be used for accessing private health care services in case of an infection with COVID-19 (and the families of the employees). The private insurance is paid by the employers. The number of beneficiaries is not known.

Use of measure

The number of beneficiaries is not known.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Other businesses
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Social partners jointly
European Funds

Social partners

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:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


The social partners have initiated, negotiated and adopted jointly this measure.

Views and reactions

No opinions expressed by relevant stakeholders.



Eurofound (2020), Improving safety at the workplace, case RO-2020-23/1191 (measures in Romania), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.