The Prime Minister of Romania, Ludovic Orban, announced at the start of the government meeting on Wednesday that several measures will be taken to support the economy and companies affected by the coronavirus crisis. The prime minister said that the package of measures includes the payment of technical unemployment for employees in companies that have ceased their activity, as well as the injection of money into the economy.
“We will adopt a first set of measures to support the affected companies, but we will have to keep a close eye on what is happening in the economy, not just in the Romanian economy, in order to seek solutions to reduce the negative impact. .
For now, the measures we have been thinking about are measures to financially support, from the budget, the payment effort of what is called technical unemployment.
Many companies that are affected are companies that worked very well, with profitability, and these companies are affected by a situation that we consider at the moment. These companies will have the ability to resume their activity in good conditions and to use the employees they have trained.
Not to support these companies means not to support the employees.
We will take measures regarding the assurance of working capital. Target all companies. We need to provide working capital to support these companies.
We will have to inject money into the economy. We will have to increase investments, financial allocations. We will have to take measures that allow the development of companies in areas where there are opportunities for development.
It is a shame that we do not use today’s demand to allow certain Romanian companies to produce the ones needed to fight the coronavirus, ”said Ludovic Orban.
According to government sources, the draft emergency ordinance provides that during the state of emergency the state supports from the budget of unemployment insurance the payment of technical unemployment.
(1) During the state of emergency established by the Decree of the President of Romania no. 195/2020, for the period of temporary suspension of the individual employment contract at the initiative of the employer, according to art. 52 paragraph (1) lit. c) of Law no. 53/2003 – The Labor Code, with the subsequent modifications and completions, following the effects produced by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the allowances that the employees benefit from, at least 75% of the basic salary corresponding to the occupied workplace paid from the salary fund, it is supported by the unemployment insurance budget, but not more than 75% of the gross average wage stipulated by Law no. 6/2020 regarding the state social insurance budget for 2020.
(2) The employers who benefit from the provisions of par. (1) have the obligation to maintain the employment relationships of the persons concerned for a period of at least 6 months from the date of resuming the activity after the suspension of the employment relationships according to art. 52 paragraph (1) lit. c) of Law no. 53/2003 – Labor Code, as subsequently amended and supplemented.
It is expected that at Wednesday’s government meeting a series of normative acts will be adopted aimed at better action to limit the spread of the infection with coronavirus and real support measures of the affected economic areas, as stated by the prime minister.