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June 29, 2022

ANAF services should be improved by using EU funds

At a conference entitled ‘Mediafax Talks about Digital Europe,’ Razvan Cotovelea, Minister of the Information Society (MSI), characterized the services provided by the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF) as pitiful and primitive, upon recounting he had to wait 45 minutes to pay his family’s state contributions. He pointed out the current situation at ANAF can be changed by using the European funds to be allotted to Romania in the 2014-2020 period to computerize public administration.
“We should lay emphasis on training, communication, and education. At the moment, these types of projects can be financed on a smaller scale through the structural funds programmed for the 2014-2020 period. As a state, we are particularly interested in stimulating the development of the IT&C platform through European funds, and encouraging exports – especially where copyrights are concerned – that can enhance budget revenues,” Cotovelea said further. He announced the Ministry of Information Society plans to attract a minimum of EUR 850 million in European funding between 2014 and 2020 for IT&C projects that will contribute to modernizing Romania’s entire administrative and economic scope.
On a different topic, Cotovelea neither denied nor confirmed the information according to which Romtelecom would presumably be rebranded, as part of a partnership with the largest telecommunications operator in Germany, T-Mobile/Deutsche Telekom.
Also attending the event, Dan Nica, former Minister for Information Society, stated that in 2003, when the e-commerce bill draft was passed, members of the Parliamentary Legal Commission were shocked to learn the fines to which potential defrauders are liable.
In turn, Esther Blythe, deputy ambassador of Great Britain to Bucharest, noted that Romania could be a big opportunity for British online retailers, but progress is slow due to the limited access of consumers and companies to cross-border online transactions.
Chiritoiu, Competition Council: Excessive credit card commissions
Credit card commissions are excessive and they could sooner be restricted from 1–1.2 percent to 0.2–0.3 percent in Romania rather than at EU level, where the European Parliament will approve a directive at the end of the year, Bogdan Chiritoiu, president of the Competition Council, stated.
Last year, credit card owners carried out payments of some EUR 1 billion, of which two thirds for international shopping, according to Catalin Cretu, regional manager of Visa Europe. He pointed out at the Mediafax conference that the Romanian e-commerce market is facing many challenges, including a lack of trust in certain stores and platforms, and the need to educate the public in this respect.

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