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Agriculture: Reuters: Drought-hit Romanian wheat crop should still meet Egypt tenders

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Romania, the second largest grain seller among European Union states, is along with France and Russia a major exporter of cereals to the Middle East, with Egypt the main buyer. “It’s a double hit. We witness a very bad year for wheat, situation resembles 2002 when plants froze in the winter in the absence of snow cover and then in the spring no rains occurred at all,” Romania’s former agriculture minister Petre Daea said, quoted ...

Romania, advantages in ecological field, but agri-food model seems to evolve contrary to European one

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Romania has important advantages in the ecological field, but the country's performance continues to be modest, and the Romanian agri-food model seems to evolve contrary to the European one, which is increasingly based on the organic area, considers Costin Lianu, the president of an inter-professional association for ecological agri-food products, as quoted in a press release of USH Pro Business."The business environment in the field is burdened and little ...

Romania's maximum 2020 wheat production, only 5-5.5 million tonnes

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Romania's maximum 2020 wheat production this year could reach 5-5.5 million tonnes, as against a good year's 7 to 9 million tonnes, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Adrian Oros said Friday."The estimates are quite approximate. There are estimates made both by farmers' associations and by some of individual farmers. Of course, comparing the areas that have been sown, and we are talking about 2.9 million hectares that in autumn were cultivated with ...

Telecom. IT : ANCOM plans to auction 5G licenses in Q4

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

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Telecom regulator ANCOM will adopt in the third quarter of this year the documentation for the 5G tender. The institution thus estimates it will grant the licenses for the additional 5G spectrum in the fourth quarter of this year, said ANCOM vice president Eduard Lovin. "We hope that we will grant licenses for the additional 5G spectrum in the fourth quarter of this year. We thought it was safer to postpone it until the end of this year. We want all ...

Trade : H&M launches new online brands in Romania

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Swedish fashion retailer H&M Group officially launched four new brands on the Romanian market, nine years after opening its first store in the country. The group has been present in Romania with the brands H&M and COS. The new brands launched on the market are & Other Stories, Monki, Weekday, and Arket, all of them with online ...

Infrastructure : AKTOR group accelerated works on the second segment of the Sebes-Turda highway

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Greek construction group AKTOR announced it has significantly accelerated works on the second segment of the Sebes-Turda highway (A10) in western Romania. The group announced that the project was marking considerable progress and also released a video to show the work pace. The announcement came just a few days after prime minister Ludovic Orban visited the highway siteand asked the contractors to speed up the work so ...

Tourism: May LuggageHero survey: 70% of Europeans would still travel abroad in 2020, up 23% since last month 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Highlights from the May survey of COVID-19 impact on travel demand for European travelers: 20% of European respondents are waiting until 2021 to travel abroad and an extra 6% said they will wait for a vaccine before leaving the country A surprising number of 60% of those who would typically travel for business said they still expect to have at least one business trip in ...

Number of suspended employment agreements in Hotels and Restaurants close to 100,000

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A number of 99,924 employment agreements in the Restaurants and Hotels sector have been suspended since the establishment of the state of emergency (March 16) until Thursday, according to the Labour Inspectorate and published on the website of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection.In total, a number of 609,614 employment agreement have been suspended since the establishment of the state of emergency until Thursday, among which 170,744 in the processing ...

Agriculture: AgriMin Oros: Subsidies paid to farmers reach 2.76 billion euro

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Over 99.18 pct of farmers were authorized for the payment of subsidies, and the sums paid have exceeded 2.76 billion euro, even though the deadline is June 30, 2020, said, on Tuesday, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Adrian Oros, in a press briefing. "I want to present very shortly the results from APIA [Agency for Payments and Interventions in Agriculture]. I want to tell you that presently, even though the deadline is June 30, 2020, 99.18 ...

Agricultural area affected so far by drought - 1.1mln ha

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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The agricultural area affected so far by drought amounts to 1.1 million hectares, the largest being registered in Constanta County, 416,000 hectares, while the irrigated areas at national level have reached 222,121 hectares, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Adrian Oros said in a press briefing."So far we have the centralized situation related to the declarations of the disaster areas and related to the farmers' declarations. The disaster area is 1.1 ...

40,000 hectare swathe of woodland to add to Romania's protected virgin and quasi-virgin forests

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Romania's virgin forest land increases by 40,000 hectares, thus doubling the area already registered in the National Catalogue of Virgin and Quasi-Virgin Forests, said Minister of Environment, Waters and Forests, Costel Alexe."As of today, a new swathe of 40,000 hectares of virgin and quasi-virgin forests enters strict protection. When I took office, there were about 28,000 hectares registered in the Virgin Forests Catalogue. Back then I said that Romania's area ...

Romania ranks 3rd in EU in sheep and goat herds in 2019

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Romania ranked 3rd in the hierarchy of member states of the European Union (EU), in 2019, in sheep and goat herds, while at national level the number of pigs, sheep, goats and poultry herds has risen, but the category of cattle decreased compared to the previous year, according to data published by the National Institute of Statistics (INS) on Friday.Official statistics show that, on December 1, 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, the total number of cattle ...

Trade: Wholesale trade advances 13.7% in Romania in Q1 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals, as well as wholesale trade of computers and telecommunications equipment were among the areas that contributed to a 13.7% increase in total unadjusted wholesale trade in Romania in the first quarter of the 2020, y-o-y, show data published on Friday by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).According to statistics, January- March 2020, amidst an increase in the nominal value of the wholesale trade ...

Cars: Romania's trade of motor vehicles, motorcycles down 13.9% in March 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Retail trade of motor vehicles and motorcycles in Romania declined 13.9% in March 2020 in Romania in terms of volumes, unadjusted results, y-o-y, while market services provided to the population were similarly down 40.3%, according to data published on Thursday by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).Thus, March 2020 wholesale and retail trade, and repair and maintenance of motor vehicles and motorcycles decreased by 13.9% in terms of volumes, unadjusted ...

APIA: Romanian car market down by 29.6% in first 4 months of the year

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Romanian car market decreased by almost 30% in the first four months of this year, compared to the same period in 2019, according to the Automotive Manufacturers and Importers Association (APIA), published on Friday.By brands (passenger cars + commercial vehicles) Dacia continues to lead after the first 4 months of the year, with 9,551 units, followed by Volkswagen, with 3,436 units, Renault 2,961 units, Skoda, 2,779, Ford 2,564 units and Hyundai 2,239 ...

Real Estate: Consultant expects 20% of office spaces in Romania to become vacant in next period

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Up to 20% of the office spaces currently occupied could become vacant in the next period. The demand for offices will also record a decline of about 30% this year compared to last year, according to local real estate consultancy firm 24REAL, which specializes in office leases of up to 1,000 sqm. The firm says the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have started to show on the local office market. “Companies that three months ...

Tourism: PwC: HoReCa businesses may drop by over 50% this year

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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The HoReCa sector is one of the most affected by this crisis, businesses figures in this field being expected to drop by over 50% this year,while the execution of contracts will be controversial, according to representatives of the consulting and audit company PriecewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). In this context, companies in the field will face both compensation and damage demands. According to PwC consultants, after two months of lockdown, most states ...

Commission's guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe's tourism in 2020 and beyond

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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Today, 13 May 2020, the Commission presents a package of guidelines and recommendations to help Member States gradually lift travel restrictions and allow tourism businesses to reopen, after months of lockdown, while respecting necessary health precautions. The Commission's guidance aims to offer people the chance to get some well-needed rest, relaxation and fresh air. As soon as the health situation allows, people should be able to catch up with ...

Hotels and guesthouses in Romania lose EUR 250 mln during COVID-19 lockdown

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Hotels and guesthouses in Romania have lost EUR 250 million in the last two months, amid the COVID-19 lockdown, estimates Calin Ile, general manager of Ibis Continental Hotels and president of the Hotel Industry Federation in Romania. In this period, hotels and guesthouses have lost six million overnight stays, according to Ile, ...

Healthcare: Romania, among EU states with lowest number of nurses and midwives

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Doctors, nurses and other health personnel are on the front line in the fight to save lives from the coronavirus pandemic. They are applauded and praised as society’s new heroes. Nurses is a key profession in this fight, closely monitoring their patients, administering their treatment, encouraging and soothing them. In 2019, there were 4.45 million nurses and midwives employed in ...

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