At the end of January, Coalitia pentru Dezvoltarea Romaniei ( Coalition for Romania’s Development -CDR) sent a letter to all the institutions with a legislative or regulatory role in Romania, with the request to re-examine the pertinence of the measures provided by the Government’s Emergency Ordinance no.114/2018.
In support of this request, we have presented details from the perspective of the most important affected fields, such as the energy, telecommunications, the banking system or the private pension system, as well as of the impact at the citizens’ level.
“My mandate which is the ensure the coordination of CDR for the next six months, has begun under the auspices of some legislative changes that were not subject to any consultation with the business environment, but which profoundly affected important fields of economy”, stated the CDR coordinator for the period of January 1 – June 30, 2019, Ramona Jurubita.
“As a result of our letters, several communication channels which we consider a start of dialogue have been opened, both from certain ministries and from certain political parties. This week, a number of meetings will start, and this is why we renew the public call to all those who have received our analysis, to be open at the dialogue with the business sector in order to limit the impact of these provisions.
Beyond the bad consequences of the GEO 114, there is still an open question which we address all the decision-makers: is there any availability to suspend these measures until we identify, as a result of the dialogue, pertinent solutions? CDR is fully prepared for a large discussion on the budget sustainability, the Romanian tax system and its connection with the competitiveness of the companies. “I believe that together we can find the best economic solutions to ensure the budget resources on a long-term basis, including for essential investments for Romania”.
CDR has a rotating coordination with a six-month term. From January 1 to June 30, 2019, the coordination is provided by the Foreign Investors Council through Ramona Jurubita, who took the mandate from Adela Jansen, as a representative of CCIFER. In The second half of the year, the CDR coordination will be provided by AOAR.
CDR is a private, apolitical initiative built as a collaboration agreement by the collective participation of its members and gathers organizations such as the American Chamber of Commerce in Romania (AmCham), the French Chamber of Commerce in Romania (CCIFER), the Romanian Businessmen Association (AOAR), the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK), Romanian Business Leaders (RBL), the Foreign Investors Council (FIC), the National Council of Small and Medium-Sized Private Enterprises of Romania (CNIPMMR) and Concordia Employers Confederation (CPC).
The CDR members contribute voluntarily with the resources and experience needed to formulate common opinions on the public policies that have an impact on the business environment. The companies represented by the 25 business organizations that are CDR members have more than one million employees and generate around 50% of the GDP.