According to the plan to enhance the effectiveness of staff work, besides offering financial-banking services (Banca Posta Romana) and insurance brokerage (Asigurari Posta Romana), the “Posta Romana” (Romanian Post Office) National Company will also convert its offices into lottery agencies, Valerian Vreme, the minister of Communications and Information Technology, announced, yesterday, in an interview to ziare.com. According to the latter, Posta Romana’s “staple” activity as far as banking services are concerned would be closer to the model of banks for operations, but the minister did not preclude the possibility that the future financial institution should also grant micro-loans to individuals. “For the two companies – the bank and the insurance company -, the management will be ensured by specialists. If we find such specialists within Posta Romana, we will use them, if not, especially on the banking segment, we will resort to specialists in the banking sector. As far as the workers are concerned, we will use those we already have,” Vreme added.
The latter made a special point of mentioning that positions within Posta Romana are not blocked, as this only goes for state companies. “The Post is a national company, and hence, it can draft its own economic policies on the market”. As regards ghiseul.ro, a service thought up as an alternative to the internet banking service provided by banks, the authorities expect the platform will reach the highest number of users in the first half of the year to come, as taxes are paid in the first months of the year. At present, payment with authentication is possible and the first beneficiaries of the full format service are the citizens in Targu-Mures. This service is closely bound with the public’s access to the internet, as broadband connections are to be developed gradually in the rural areas as well. In this respect, the minister stated that, by 2015, Romania should have a broadband coverage of up to 95-97 pc, compared to the present value, below 50 pc. On the other hand, the Communications Minister argued that the institution he represents would be able to report, in October, it had absorbed all European funds at its disposal.