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Rehabilitation of Romania’s southern seaside costs 551.67 mln lei

The rehabilitation works of beaches in the south of the Romanian Black Sea coast left to be performed will cost 551.67 million lei, according to a draft Government Decision, launched for public debate on the Ministry of Environment, Water and Forestry website.

According to the cited source, the largest amount will be used to widen the beach at Tomis Nord (Constanta) – 157.829 million lei respectively, followed by Eforie Nord (153.524 million lei), Tomis Centre (112.921 million lei), Tomis South (95.571 million lei) and South Mamaia (62.221 million lei). All these sums include the VAT.

The project is financed with non-refundable foreign funds from the Sectoral Operational Programme Environment – Priority Axis 5 – Implementation of adequate infrastructure for natural risk prevention in most risk prone areas, from the state budget, as well as from other legal sources, in line with the public investment programmes approved by law.

In the Romanian littoral area of the Black Sea, coastal erosion poses a major risk to the environment, with the phenomenon manifesting, at various levels of intensity, along the 240 km of the Romanian seaside, from north to south.

PM Ponta: Government to consider specific tax for hotels

The Government will analyse the option of a single specific tax per hotel room or place, Prime Minister Victor Ponta declared on Friday after meeting tourism businesspeople in the Black Sea resort of Mamaia.

“This option was proposed here and we will analyse it – to implement a specific tax for tourism, per room or accommodation place, capped to a turnover of five million euros. This decision would result in de-bureaucratization; it would increase the degree of conformance to the payment of taxes and implicitly the collection; it would simplify the tax payment and reduce the number of verifications,” Ponta said in a press conference.

According to him, the talks stressed the positive impact of tax alleviation, especially the decrease of the value-added tax to nine percent for all the tourist services and the law on tourist vouchers for all employees.

The premier was accompanied by Finance Minister Eugen Teodorovici, Economy, Trade and Tourism Minister Mihai Tudose, National Tourism Authority President Mirela Matichescu, Senator Nicolae Moga, Deputy Mircea Titus Dobre, Constanta Deputy Mayor Decebal Fagadau and other officials.

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