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

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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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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Calculation method for allowance of child’s growth was modified

December 17, 2008Reliana Groza

On the 10th of December 2008 Romanian Government has adopted Decision no. 1682, that amends and supplements the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 148/2005 of family support to raise the child.

This decision brings a series of news for mothers or future mothers whom revenues exceed the amount of the fixed monthly allowance of 600 lei.

In this sense the rules for implementing the above Ordinance provides that from January 2009 the child allowance is granted in the amount of 600 lei, or optionally, the rate of 85% of average professional income achieved during last 12 months of last year before child’s birth or where appropriate, the date on which the child was given for adoption, or the child was adopted or child has taken in placement or in placement in a matter of urgency, as well as the date on which the person was appointed guardian, according to law.

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Ministry of Environment launching a new selection of projects în the field of nature

December 16, 2008Rainfall

Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MMDD) launches the second selection session for projects in the field of nature protection, to provide non refundable financial assistance in the Sectoral Operational Program „Environment”, namely Priority Axis 4 – „Implementation of Appropriate Management Systems for Protection of the Nature”.

The projects should be developed in line with the objectives and strategy for financing related priority axis 4 – „Implementation of Appropriate Management Systems for Protection of Nature” of the POS Environment.

The requests for funding (the application form) and the Applicant’s Guide is available on the website of MMDD (www.mmediu.ro). The Applicant Guide contains details about the conditions of access the funding system and the instructions for completion and submission of funding requests.

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Beginning with 2009 holiday tickets might be introduced

December 16, 2008Rainfall

According to a bill that is to be introduced within the Romanian Parliament, starting with next year the employees might receive vouchers for holiday from the employer. The maximum annual value that might be granted will represent the equivalent of six minimum gross wages per economy.

In accordance with the agreement between the Government, the syndicates and the associations of employers, beginning with the 1st of January 2009, the minimum gross wage granted will be 600 RON, therefore the employer might receive at the most 3600 RON per year for the holidays.

In this way, the law allows to the employer to offer a supplementary benefit to the employees, under the form of a payment for the holiday, out of which the state will return the taxes. The condition for the employer to benefit of this facility is that the company registers profit.

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Starting December 2008 the employers’ contributions have diminished

December 15, 2008Diana Calb

Starting with the 1st of December 2008, three types of contribution owed by the employers to the state budget have been diminished as follows:

  • According to article 27 from Law 76/2002, with further alterations and completions, the contribution for the budget of unemployment insurances owed by the employer will diminish from 1% to 0.5%.
  • According to article 258 to Law 95/2006, with further alterations and completions, the contribution for health insurances owed by the employer will diminish from 5.5% to 5.2%.
  • According to Law 387 from 2007 concerning the budget of state social insurances, the contribution of social insurances owed by the employer will diminish from 19.5% to 18%.

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Ascent Group has signed a strategic agreement with Eurointerim.

December 12, 2008Adela Cristea

In November 2008 Ascent Group signed in Padova a strategic agreement with Eurointerim Spa. Based on this agreement Ascent Group will represent Eurointerim in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and the Republic of Moldova for the whole typology of services offered by Ascent Group. The same agreement stipulates that Ascent Group recognizes Eurointerim as its exclusive partner for personnel leasing services in all the countries in the region.

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Organisational trustworthiness – a matter of survival

December 11, 2008Rainfall

Big corporates are often seen as distant and less caring than small family-businesses and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). An employee may never even meet the Managing Director of the company let alone to be directly motivated by him. The challenge for a bigger organisation then seems to be in communicating the company vision – “raison d’être”, and values from the top-management to all levels of employees, create trust, inspire and motivate all employees to work for the common goal.

A recent study exploring employee perceptions of organisational trustworthiness across Europe¹ indicates that organisations, big or small, are not doing this job very well…Employee trust in organisations seems to be alarmingly low when only 42% of employees believe that their organisation can be trusted, as the study shows. The study was conducted by training and coaching company Krauthammer on behalf of a specialist team representing seven European universities².

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Legal entities are obliged to conclude real estate insurances

December 10, 2008Reliana Groza

After long delays, on the 10 th of November 2008 was finally published the Law 260/2008 regarding the compulsory insurance of real estate against earthquakes, land slips or floods.

This Law will be aplied within 120 days of publishing it in Official Gazette of Romania, respectively at the 10th of March 2009.

The Law refers not only to obligativity of houses’ insurance by natural persons but it stipulates provisions also for houses which are owned by legal entities.

So, any legal entity, who ownes houses and those are registered at Fiscal Authorities, is obliged to close an insurance contract against earthquakes, land slips or floods. In case of houses which are state ownership or territorial-admministrative ownership this obligativity is incumbent on appointed person or authorities to manage them, under the Law terms. If a house is the object of a financial leasing contract, the conclusion of the insurance contract will be the tenant’s obligation.

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Consulting Review has launched the new website

December 10, 2008Adela Cristea

The magazine Consulting Review recently launched the new version of the website. Starting with November 2008 you can read most of the articles published in the magazine also on the website, at: www.consultingreview.ro.

Consulting Review was launched at the end of 2007 and in one year has managed to become a referral on the business publication’s market in Romania through the quality of the articles, analysis and opinions published by a wide number of specialists in the consulting fields that are covered by the magazine.

Starting with January 2009 the magazine will be distributed exclusively based on subscription. Details about the way you can subscribe can be found at http://www.consultingreview.ro/abonare.html. Ascent Group invites you to subscribe to Consulting Review in order to benefit in 2009 as well by the advices of the magazine’s consultants.

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Cosmin Galu is the managing partner of Ascent Group in Serbia

December 2, 2008Adela Cristea

Cosmin Galu is the managing partner of Ascent Group in Serbia.

Cosmin graduated the Law Faculty within Vasile Goldis University in Arad. His studies also include numerous scholarships and specializations, such as „Political Management” with the „National Democratic Institute” in Washington, USA, „Crisis Management” through the Konrad Adenauer Foundation – Germany, „Conflict Management” with the IRI – International Republican Institute, in the USA.

Since 2002, Cosmin is also a trainer of the National Democratic Institute from USA, for whom he held trainings in Romania and the Republic of Moldova.

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How hard is to be a good colleague?

December 2, 2008Diana Calb

If I could ask anybody on Earth, no matter religion or nationality, I think few people could give me a definition of what means to be a good colleague at work.

In fact, there is not a standard definition to explain what means to be a good colleague at work, but we could guide ourselves to some unwritten rules. This comes from the inside of each person and depends on its character, on the honour and respect we generally grant to human beings.

Anyway, in my opinion, attitude towards our colleagues is connected with our communication skills and the importance we grant to interpersonal relationships.

We should have a positive attitude at work, should try to avoid criticism for our colleagues or in case we have something to object we should treat the situation with diplomacy and decency.

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Liviu Tulcan is the new financial manager of Ascent Group Romania

November 25, 2008Adela Cristea

Ascent Group Romania has a new financial manager. Liviu Tulcan graduated the Faculty of Mechanics “Traian Vuia” Timişoara and the Faculty of Engineering and Economy within the University Aurel Vlaicu from Arad, with a degree in Finance and Banking.

He’s professional experience includes 10 years of activity in engineering within a Research and Projecting Institute and 10 years of experience in finance and accounting, managing the financial and accounting activity in Romania of some prestigious multinational companies.

The financial and accounting experience of Liviu includes 4 years in accounting management within Contor Zenner, and 6 years of experience in coordination of financial and accounting departments and in controlling for prestigious companies, such as Systronics, Alcoa Romania or Zumtobel Lighting.

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Remuneration systems

November 24, 2008Ramona Bosinceanu

One of most important obligations of the employer towards its employees is to pay them. Fulfilling the duties assumed, means for most employers one of the biggest expenses related to their activity. Salaries and their related costs (contributions to health, unemployment, pensions, etc.) usually add up to approximately 60% of total operating costs of a large-scale enterprise.

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Are you ready for your new Manager?

November 19, 2008Rainfall

Every recruitment process, whether handled internally or through a recruitment agency, starts with a good definition of the ideal candidate profile. If we are talking about a middle or top management position, inevitably the ideal profile will contain the following expressions: “leadership abilities”, “vision” and “business understanding”, “thinking out-of-the-box”, “inspiring people”, “reflects the values and the culture of the company”, etc.

The expectations that the new manager has to fulfill are also clearly stated: team development, process optimization, meeting sales targets or other business objectives.

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Nicolae Enache is the new Client Relationship Manager of OCRA Romania

November 1, 2008Adela Cristea

Nicolae Enache is the new Client Relationship Manager of OCRA Romania. Nicolae graduated the Faculty of Marketing within the Artifex University Bucharest, respectively a Master program in Communication and Public Relationship within the National School for Political and Administrative Sciences “David Ogilvy” Bucureşti, Faculty of Communication and Public Relationship. Over the last years, Nicolae also graduated various courses on management and quality assurance, both in Romania and abroad.

His professional experience includes 7 years of activity in various fields of activity such as financial, consulting and project management, in a National Health Insurance Company and in prestigious companies such Louis Berger, Unicredit şi Banc Post. Nicolae has a wide experience in organizing and implementing projects and programs, locally and internationally.

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