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Factsheet for measure RO-2021-1/1700 – measures in Romania

Financial support for teleworkers

Suport financiar angajatilor din telemunca

Country Romania , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 01 January 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Teleworking arrangements, remote working
Author Victoria Stoiciu (European Institute of Romania)
Measure added 11 January 2021 (updated 10 August 2021)

Background information

The increase of teleworking due to COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an increase of expenditure for many employees working from home, who use their private space for work. Often, this brings additional costs for utilities, such as heating, electricity, etc. On the other hand, several companies that have closed down their offices make savings, since they final costs for electricity, gas, etc. is reduced. Against this background, the Parliament adopted a law (Law 296/2020) which allows companies to pay up to 400 RON per month (€80) in addition to the paid salaries for covering of utilities and extra-costs related to telework.

Content of measure

Starting with January 2021, the Romanian employees working from home could be paid up to 400 RON for paying the utilities needed for the telework (heating, electricity, internet, furniture, technical equipment, etc.). According to the law, the companies can pay this amount to every teleworker, without any justifying documents attached. The amount is paid in addition to the wages, is exempted from any tax and is deductible from the company's annual profit. The maximum threshold is 400 RON and the paid amount is in accordance with the number of worked days in the respective month (for example, for 10 working days the received amount is 200 RON (€40)).

Use of measure

The measure targets employees working from home. There is no official estimation of the total number of teleworkers in Romania, but according to Eurofound, 8% of the employees in Romania are working from home as a result of the health crisis. However, the measure is optional - the companies are not obliged to pay the financial support, so it is not possible to estimate how many employees from those working from home will benefit of the measure.

Target groups

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

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Trade unions
Company / Companies

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


The exact involvement of social partners is unknown - as a rule, all laws are debated in the specialised committees of the Parliament, the sessions of which are open to trade unions and employers organisations.

Views and reactions

No public reaction expressed by trade unions or employers organisations regarding this measure.



Eurofound (2021), Financial support for teleworkers, measure RO-2021-1/1700 (measures in Romania), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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