Mr. President, according to Romanian Trade Registry Office, the ranking based on the country of origin of investors in companies with foreign capital participation is led by the Netherlands (RON 31.9 bln), followed by Austria and Germany. What actions carried NRCC to attract Dutch investors in Romania?
The NRCC stimulates trade between the Netherlands and Romania. We inform Dutch businesses about doing business in Romania through our events, collaboration in trade-missions and by establishing connections. We actively contribute to promote the Romanian business climate in the Netherlands to companies that have set their eyes upon Romania. Recently we have published the second edition of ‘Nearshoring to Romania: a practical guide for entrepreneurs that to expand their business to Romania’.
Together with the Dutch Embassy we guard Dutch business interests in Romania. And of course we represent the interests of our community members. The NRCC is also part of the Coalitia pentru Dezvoltare Romaniei, where together with other organisations we are in dialogue with the Romanian government regarding the Romanian business climate.
Can you make an assessment of the business environment in Romania? Do you see positive changes in economic policy of our government?
The business environment in Romania is becoming more competitive, but this is more related to the influences brought by the foreign direct investments. These companies came to Romania with their own procedures, ethic rules and business principles which rolled over the ones practiced by the local companies up to the present moment.
Unfortunately I have to admit that Romanian Government is not pretty much into improving the economic policy after having consultation with the business environment. Although, we are open to such a dialogue, not all the time our ideas or suggestions are taken into account before adopting decisions that may influence the entire business climate. On the other hand, I would be blind not to appreciate the efforts of the government to put forward a new fiscal code which I believe it will last longer without continuous changes.
Does the NRCC have a good collaboration with the Romanian authorities?
Our relation with the Romanian authorities is important as at times we serve as an intermediary between our members and the authorities. Good communication is important in order to be effective. It is important to understand we are a business community and not a political entity. We are for example in close contact with the Department of Foreign Investment where we bring certain recurring issues on the table that we detected trough some of our members.
Mr. van Rozen can you inform our readers on the most important projects for 2015?
Of course I have to mention our flagship event, the Orange Night. During the Orange Night we celebrate the birthday of King Willem Alexander in Dutch Style. We organize a dinner during which 300 top level guests enjoy Dutch specialities and a party for the Dutch community afterwards. We share Dutch culture with the Romanian community and celebrate the warm relationships we have established.
In June we will introduce a new event: The Night of the SME’s. During this event we bring the directors of the SME’s in our community together for an evening of knowledge transfer and networking. In the fall we will have our yearly CEO dinner, exclusively for the CEO’s of our corporate patron members. And of course we will keep offering value to our members and to grow as a chamber. Since the Netherlands is the largest foreign investor, it should also reflect this in the size of our community.