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Bulgaria – a Favorable Place to Invest

Costs of doing business in Bulgaria are about 46 percent lower than the average in the EU, said Petar Dimitrov, Minister of Economy and Energy, quoted by the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA). On March 5, he called on participants in the Bulgarian Business and Investment Forum to invest in the country, as the cheapest place to invest in the European Union.

Factors that make Bulgaria attractive for investments in times of a global economic crisis are the low labor costs and taxes. The social security burden in the country ranks fourth in the EU.

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Bulgaria – a Favorable Place to Invest

March 22, 2009Rainfall

Costs of doing business in Bulgaria are about 46 percent lower than the average in the EU, said Petar Dimitrov, Minister of Economy and Energy, quoted by the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA). On March 5, he called on participants in the Bulgarian Business and Investment Forum to invest in the country, as the cheapest place to invest in the European Union.

Factors that make Bulgaria attractive for investments in times of a global economic crisis are the low labor costs and taxes. The social security burden in the country ranks fourth in the EU.

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Ascent Group has signed a strategic agreement with The Farrell Company

March 11, 2009Rainfall

Starting with January 2009 Ascent Group has signed a strategic agreement with the famous American specialist in research and promotion of the entrepreneurship and innovating solutions in business – Larry Farrell. Based on this agreement Ascent Group will represent exclusively The Farrell Company in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Republic of Moldova for training and consultancy services on entrepreneurship.

Larry Farrell is a world wide authority, being deeply involved on spreading the entrepreneurial spirit all over the world. He presented the entrepreneurship principles in front of more than 1.3 millions of professional individuals, organizations and government.

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Outplacement: the right approach

February 17, 2009Rainfall

Under “normal” economic conditions and moreover in economic and financial crisis context, outplacement, as a way to support future ex- employees fully proves its usefulness.

Defined as a consultancy service dedicated both to employees and employers, meant to ensure a smooth transition to a new job, respectively a new organizational structure, outplacement very well points out an ethical approach that companies must prove in difficult times.

On the development route of a company, critical moments can sometimes arise, when in order to remain competitive on the market the company must downsize its personnel or part (from different reasons) with some members of its team, including members of the managerial team. In these situations benefiting from external, specialized consultancy services is ideal. I would name only a few reasons: objectiveness, confidentiality and expertise.

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English for business. Test it and certify it!

February 17, 2009Rainfall

Today the English language has become an indispensable way of communication in business. And more, the most of us, those that activate in various areas related to business environment, claim that we speak English.

But how many times we asked ourselves if the English we are talking day by day is appropriate to the business environment, or rather is an academic English more appropriate to the academic environment in which we grow?

How many of us had the feeling, coming out of school that the English taught in school is somehow different from the one we need to effectively manage our business or simply, different from English that we need daily.

In this respect, there is now the possibility to assess our ability to communicate in English, or to test the English knowledge of our employees, using a method very known at the international level – the TOEIC test.

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Changes in social contributions in Bulgaria in the beginning of 2009

February 4, 2009Rainfall

Changes in the social insurance and tax burden in Bulgaria which took place at the beginning of 2009 include a decrease in the mandatory pension contributions owed by employer and employee and an increase in the mandatory health contributions. The reference income maximum remains the same as last year, or BGN 2000. It was brought to that level in 2008, after being fixed at BGN 1400 in August 2007. The 10% proportional income tax for employees remains the same.

As a result of these changes the social insurance and tax burden for gross salaries of up to BGN 2000 has fallen, from 36.2% на 30.3%.

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A possible agreement between IMF and Romania for financial support

January 19, 2009Rainfall

In the following period, an International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission will come to Bucharest in order to evaluate the macroeconomic situation and to initiate the discussions with the view to conclude a support agreement to cover the financing deficit in 2009.

Economic forecasts for this year look pretty bad, and Romania needs external funding. This funding is needed to cover the external deficit and the budget deficit having in view the strong decrease of foreing direct investments, direct investments in productive assets by companies incorporated in foreign countries and decrease of the revenues at the state budget.

According to the latest estimations, the budget deficit at the end of the year is about 5% of GDP and external deficit increased in October to 14.4 billion euros, being almost 11% higher than after ten months of 2007.

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Tax revenue from rents

January 19, 2009Rainfall

National Tax Administration from Romania (ANAF) includes the amounts derived from the rental contracts within the category of incomes obtained from self-employment. Exceptions are contracts to lease agricultural goods. According to the Fiscal Code, are treated as income from rents all income, in cash and / or in kind, resulted from the giving up of the use of movable and immovable property acquired by the owner, beneficial owner or other legal owner.

On the charge, there will be:

  • tax net income, the rate of 16% – compared with 12% share of the gross income from property disposal use;
  • tax net income, the rate of 5.5% CASS – like any income derived from independent activities

Regarding the taxation, the person who derives income from property disposal use has the obligation to fill in, until the 15 of May next year, the form 200 “Declaration on income made”, code 14.13.01.13.

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Identity Compass® 2009

January 8, 2009Rainfall

We are glad to announce that 2009 brings excellent news concerning the evolution of Identity Compass® on national and international level. March has a flying start with the licensing training organized in Arad and sustained by Adela Cristea during the 12th – 14th March, and also the first Worldwide Trainer & Consultant meeting.

This Worldwide Trainer & Consultant meeting will take place to Barcelona (Spain) during 21st – 22nd March, bringing together Identity Compass® trainers & consultants from Germany, UK, Spain, Italy, Russia, Sweden, Indonesia, India, Brazil, Poland, South Africa, Venezuela, Portugal, Croatia, Serbia, USA, Romania, who will have the opportunity to discuss with Arne Maus and Dr. Scheffer about latest insights.

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Jordan Sheppard România launches the Program “Consultancy at Crisis Time’

January 7, 2009Rainfall

Jordan Sheppard Romania, the local branch of the British headhunting company JordanSheppard, launches the program “Consultancy at Crisis Time”, targeting both companies who wish to better adapt their HR strategy to the current economic context, as well as professionals who wish to have a realistic insight into the labor market and to be assisted in their careers.

The program will be in place for two months. Further details about it can be obtained contacting the office of Jordan Sheppard Romania, tel: +40 21 569 3672 or by email, contact person: Elena Ionescu.

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How much it costs us an employee in the Republic of Moldova?

January 6, 2009Rainfall

The moment when a new member of the team is being recruited within the company, the employer assumes, beside the salary, some other expenses as, for example, the assurance of a safe and well organized working place, expenses related to the materials he-she will consume and obviously the mandatory taxes for the state budget.

We will analyse further on the situation of the Republic of Moldova regarding the taxes which the employer has to support for his own employees.

Thus, in agreement with the legislation from the Republic of Moldova, each employer is obliged to calculate and retain each month different taxes regarding his own employees taking into account the exemptions claimed by the employee, the contributions or the bonuses calculated in accordance to the decisions made by the Major Fiscal State Inspectorate, The Medical Insurance National House and The National Social Insurances House of the Republic of Moldova.

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Ascent Group launches new topics in open training

December 17, 2008Rainfall

Ascent Group has constantly developed in the last years high quality training programs. As a result of the feedback received from the customers and also of the recurrent demands from the actual and potential customers, we decided to start some open trainings in all the countries where we have offices: Romania (Bucharest and Arad), Republic of Moldova (Chişinău), Bulgaria (Sofia), Serbia (Belgrade).

The trainings will contain many new topics for the Romanian training market such as: Operational management, Supply chain management, Transports management, Finances for sales people, Cost controlling, Performance as assistant manager.

The open trainings will also cover general topics such as: Communication, Presentation techniques, Leadership, Time management, Project management, Conflict management, Stress management.

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Timpuri Noi is looking for financiers

December 17, 2008Rainfall

The Administration of Timpuri Noi society that owns a 5 hectares plot of land in the center of Bucharest asked last week the approval of the shareholders to obtain finances either by selling plots, either by accessing of loans from institutiuons or from natural persons.

Bucharest’s provider of engines, turbines, equipments and spare parts is about to be relocated, thus he put up for sale the land on which there was the plant’s platform at the price of 100 million euros, without VAT. The plant’s managing board received last year many offers for the land situated in Unirii area after the shareholders authorized him to capitalize, by negociating, the Company’s building. But the offers were rejected because it did not carry out all the criteria.

Although the number of the transactions contracted on the real estate market diminished drastically in the second half of the year, the representative of Timpuri Noi declares that the demand for his lands did not decreased.

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CEC Bank and Eximbank want to “unfroze” the loans

December 17, 2008Rainfall

The state has decided to increase the capital of the CEC Bank with 900 million lei and Eximbank and the Guarantee Loans for SMEs want to fully ensure the loans for small business offered by commercial banks in order to relaunch the process of financing for SMEs .

The trend to generate new products for small and medium enterprises is a reason of joy for companies. These loans are specially offered to finance current business, not for major investments in such cases banks preferring to maintain a strict control.

These loans are coming to meet the needs of small business owners. For this reason the loans offered without any material guarantee provides, first of all, the advantage of obtaining the necessary amounts of a good management of current payments. Most entrepreneurs who are facing difficulties in this regard have available funds for short term expenses. The cost to access such a product bank is similar with the one of a normal credit.

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30 dollars per oil barrel at the beginning at the next year, according to Goldman Sachs

December 17, 2008Rainfall

The evaluation for oil barrel price made by Goldman Sachs analysts is very optimistic – the oil price could decrease till 30 dollars in the first quarter of the next year.

The orders decrease as a result of the global crisis and the recession from some very industrialized states are the main reasons of this evaluation.

Also, it’s possible that OPEC will reduce at the beginning of the next year the production with a million barrels/day over the expected decrease of this month.

Now, the oil is quoted at 46,28 dollars per barrel in New York and 46,41 dollars per barrel in London. The values are with approximately 100 dollars less than the record quotation from July, 147,27 dollars per barrel.

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The new 5% value added tax rate, a chance for real estate launch

December 17, 2008Rainfall

Starting 15th of December 2008 the value added tax rate decrease from 19% at 5% for dwellings transactions with a maximum value of 100 000 Euro.

The measures intends to unblock the real estate market and has a double target: to prevent spreading the effects of economic crisis and as social protection measure.

The new 5 % of VAT fated to relaunch the construction and real estate sector but is a difficult process without a sustained lending process, a first good step might be the restart of financing process by banks.

The decrease of VAT, on long term will actuate and diversify the offers for the low sector of real estate where now the request is high for 100 000 – 120 000 Euro dwellings.

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