Ionuț also highlighted some of the challenges of the education system in Romania: the low share of teachers and students with digital abilities, the poor performance of the education system as shown by PISA testing over the past years, the limited administrative capacity to implement large-scale reforms and expressed AmCham’s willingness to contribute to and support the modernization of education through target interventions, working with students and teachers and facilitating the collaboration between the education system and the private sector. To watch the conference visit and highlights from the presentations, visit https://cursdeguvernare.ro/conferinta-cursdeguvernare-educatia-si-schimbarea-paradigmei-economice.html.
On September 9, 2021, the AmCham Structural Funds, Public Procurement and PPP Committee published a position paper on the challenges posed by the increase in prices of building materials. The document outlines the impact on the market, consequences for the economy and some proposed solutions. Over the summer, AmCham was in contact with the relevant stakeholders to monitor the situation and design advocacy initiatives in support of timely and adequate solutions. On August 4, 2021, representatives of the AmCham Corporate Governance Committee participated in a public consultation on the results of the 2016-2020 National Anti-corruption Strategy, organized by the Ministry of Justice and OECD.
On Sept 7, leading recommendations on the agenda of the AmCham Energy Committee have been shared by Committee Chair Alexandru-Valeriu Binig during the second panel of the 2021 Romanian Energy Symposium (SIREN), focused on government programs and investment policies in the context of the energy transition in Romania, organized by the World Energy Council and the Romanian National Committee. The intervention focused on the governance of the energy sector with a focus on the Energy and Offshore Laws, the alignment with EU legislation and the state-aid framework.
On July 26, 2021, AmCham Education Task Force, representatives participated in an online meeting with Ligia Deca, Presidential Advisor for Education and Research, via the CDR Education TF. The topics discussed included remedial education, the career in education and the digitization of the education system in Romania.
October 4, 2021, 10:00, Athenee Palace Hilton, Enescu Room - Business Breakfast with the Romanian Competition Council on State Aid. Our main speaker, Competition Council President, Bogdan Chiritoiu will touch on the state aid component of the approved National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNNR) as well as discuss the current state aid schemes and look to the future of state aid within the current environmental shifting paradigm.
AmCham is sharing for members' review & feedback, a draft memorandum with measures for debirocratization in view of supporting the business environment, launched in public consultation by the Ministry of Economy (annexes are also available here).
In order to draft a point of view on behalf of AmCham, we look forward to receiving your comments and/or further proposals by Thursday, September 30, EOB . Kindly please submit your input using the attached template to Raluca Manea, Public Policy & External Relations Coordinator - email@example.com.
All you need to know about the approval of Romania’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan:
Yesterday, September 27, 2021, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, visited Bucharest to announce the approval of Romania’s NRRP. Romania will receive 29.2 billion Euros to fund reforms and investment projects to be delivered by 2026. Of these, 14.2 billion Euros represent grants and 14.9 billion Euros represent loans.
Of the total amount Romania will receive, 41% is allocated to reforms and investments that support climate objectives and 21% is allocated to reforms and investments in support of digital objectives.
>> The full factsheet is available here.
Romania’s Plan will now have to be approved by the European Council and the European Parliament. At the end of the process, Romania will receive its first installment of approx. 2 billion Euros in pre-financing to start the implementation of the proposed reforms and projects.
AmCham Romania will continue to monitor the process and will intensify the dialogue with the authorities to advocate for the efficient and timely implementation of the Plan, to support Romania’s sustainable development and the modernization process of public systems.