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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 ...

Coronavirus vaccine trial in Romania sparks UK interest

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The UK Embassy in Romania will assist the team of OncoGen, the Timi?oara-based researchers currently working on a Covid-19 vaccine, to get in contact with the British vaccine researchers and share their work. British Ambassador to Romania Andrew Noble held a “productive call” with professor Virgil Paunescu, the director of the Center for Gene and Cellular Therapies in the treatment of Cancer – OncoGen, on May 12, the Embassy said in a ...

Infrastructure: Wizz Air announces reopening of Timisoara Airport base on May 29

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

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The low cost air company Wizz Air announced on Friday that routes to Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Great Britain will be suspended until May 28 and the reopening of Wizz Air base at Timisoara Airport is delayed until May 29. “Wizz Air, the largest low cost air company in Central and Eastern Europe announced today that most flights from and to Romania will be suspended following travel restrictions ...

Agriculture : Romania receives EC approval to use 80 million euro, from unaccessed funds, as agriculture support scheme

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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Agriculture Minister, Adrian Oros, announced on Friday, in northeastern Botosani, that the Romanian authorities have received the approval of the European Commission (EC) to use 80 million euro, money left unutilized from European funds made available to Romania for the agriculture sector, as support schemes for farmers and processors affected by the crisis provoked by the novel coronavirus."We received the approval of the EC to use the 80 million euro, money left ...

280 outbreaks of African swine fever in 153 localities in Romania

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

African swine fever is currently occurring in 153 localities in 20 counties in Romania, with a number of 280 outbreaks (including one outbreak on a commercial farm), while in 21 counties there are only cases of wild boars diagnosed with the disease, according to the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA).Between April 30 and May 6, 2020, eight new outbreaks were reported: 2 in Teleorman County; 4 in Prahova County; and one each in Ilfov ...

De minimis scheme for farmers who promote domestic pig breeds

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The government approved the de minimis scheme to support farmers who promote the rearing of domestic pig breeds, the amount granted for one pig head being 1,200 lei, said the head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Ionel Danca."A government decision was approved with respect to agriculture for the allocation of the necessary funds for the de minimis scheme aimed at pig farmers who promote and rear on their farms domestic pig breeds. We are talking about a ...

Cars: Satistics: 7pct decrease in registrations of new passenger vehicles in Q1

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

In the first quarter of 2020, the new registrations of road vehicles for passenger transport decreased by 7.0% compared to the first quarter of 2019. During the same period, the new registrations of road vehicles for goods transport fell by 5.4% compared to the first quarter of the previous year New registrations of road vehicles for passenger transport decreased in the ...

Romanians register over 27% fewer new cars in first 4 months

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

New car registrations in Romania decreased by 27.46% in April compared to the same period last year, while in the used car segment the decrease was only 12%, at comparatively, shows the statistics of the Directorate for Driving Licences and Vehicle Registration (DRPCIV) published on Monday.Thus, according to the centralized data, regarding the total number of new cars registered at national level, in the period January - April, it was 32,300 units, compared to the ...

Real Estate: Real estate investment volumes in 2020 will be about 50% lower than initially expected

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The real estate investment volumes in 2020 will be about 50% lower than originally expected before the crisis caused by the new coronavirus pandemic, according to Gijs Klomp, Head of Investment Properties, CBRE Romania. He also said that “only in 2021, we will see a return to volumes over EUR 1 billion.” CBRE consultants believe that the real impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the real estate market will be felt ...

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