deMirela Rosu June 1, 2009

Romanian companies that import or export goods are required to obtain code EORI

Starting with the 1st of July 2009, all the companies who are trading within the European Union will have to obtain an unique code for customs operations, called the EORI code.

The legal provisions that define the EORI code are contained in Regulation (EC) no. 312-2009 and are part of the stipulations of the Council establishing the Community Customs Code, published in EU’s Official Journal no. L 98 dated 17 April 2009.

The procedure for obtaining this code in Romania is regulated by the Order of the President of the National Agency for Tax Administration no. 691/2009 for the approval of the Technical Norms regarding the registration and identification of economic operators in Romania.

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Romanian companies that import or export goods are required to obtain code EORI

June 1, 2009Mirela Rosu

Starting with the 1st of July 2009, all the companies who are trading within the European Union will have to obtain an unique code for customs operations, called the EORI code.

The legal provisions that define the EORI code are contained in Regulation (EC) no. 312-2009 and are part of the stipulations of the Council establishing the Community Customs Code, published in EU’s Official Journal no. L 98 dated 17 April 2009.

The procedure for obtaining this code in Romania is regulated by the Order of the President of the National Agency for Tax Administration no. 691/2009 for the approval of the Technical Norms regarding the registration and identification of economic operators in Romania.


Ascent Group brings to Romania the Mecepus Public Speaking programs

May 29, 2009Adela Cristea

Ascent Group concluded in May another important partnership agreement, with MECEPUS, the Mediterranean Center for Public Speaking and Communication.

MECEPUS is a training centre supplementing formal education by giving the opportunity to improve speaking skills and develop a more attractive personality. It offers a range of seminars in Public Speaking and other behavior improvement areas.

MECEPUS Seminars are held in Cyprus, Syria and the Middle East and Moldova in English, Greek, Arabic and other languages.


The Romanian companies can now be dissolved without a liquidator

May 29, 2009Reliana Groza

The law 31/1990 was amended again in April bringing one of the most important changes in the Romanian fiscal environment. In case of voluntary dissolution and liquidation of companies, the process can be done now without a liquidator.

Thus the article 227, paragraph (1), points b) and d) of Law 31/1990, updated on 17.04.2009, describes the procedure of voluntary liquidation and dissolution without assigning a liquidator.

This procedure spares the trader of the need to assign an authorized liquidator to draw up the report of liquidation. Also, this procedure eliminates the stage of publication in the Official Gazette of the liquidation balance and report.

The simplified procedure assumes through 3 stages, which are present below:

Stage I


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.


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.


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.


A new training concept

February 17, 2009Oana Mosoiu

As a company, we consistently care about our customers, which are în their turn other companies. We are concerned with their work – helping them in business development – , with their activities – legal or accounting – , with their people – through the management of human resources, training and evaluation.

In many trainings made at the client I tackle themes as team management, personnel motivation, leadership, conflict, organizational communication. Recently I asked myself if the managers I work with and train have somebody to the other end of the relationship. Who are their employees? Are they ready to benefit from the training of their managers? Perhaps all the actors involved in these situations requires a type of training, preparation to fully benefit of information, new skills and attitudes.


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.


Jordan Sheppard Launches new services in Romania

February 9, 2009Adela Cristea

Starting February this year, Jordan Sheppard launched new services in Romania. The new services are ”Outplacement” and an innovative service named ”Business Intelligence” from HR perspective.

The outplacement services aim at companies which are on their way to downsize part of their personnel and to part with specific members of their managerial team, as adaptation through low costs and efficiency at crisis time. The beneficiaries of this service are especially the downsized employees, who receive in this way professional consultancy for identifying new hiring opportunities and for positively overpassing this difficult period, in terms of social and psichological consequences.


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%.


What news brings us 2009?

January 19, 2009Adela Cristea

2009 started in Romania in force, with plenty of news.

Besides the economic crisis is being felt more and more, creating a turbulent economic environment, we have a new Government, which from the first steps took many decision, contested and generating multiple changes. Last but not least, from the 1st of January 2009 many legislative changes shall became effective, some already approved in previous years, but which take effect only after that date, others very fresh.

I will therefore try to review the main changes brought by the beginning of 2009 which are affecting the business environment.


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.


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


Gross minimum wage has increased to 600 lei from the 1st of January 2009

January 19, 2009Ramona Bosinceanu

From the 1st of January 2009, according to the GD 1051/2008, the basic national minimum gross salary , in Romania, has been increased from 540 lei to 600 lei per month for a full time working programmme of 170 hours per month, representing the 3,529 Ron/ hour.

At the minimum wage stated above, coefficients corresponding to each job are applied. For example:

  • to employees that are qualified, the coefficient of 1.2 is applied so that they will have a minimum gross salary of 720 RON.
  • to employees with University degree, the coefficient of 2 is applied, so that they will have a minimum gross salary of 1200 RON.

Failure to respect these provisions represents contravention and is punished by fine from 1000 to 2000 RON.


Tax rate for micro-companies increased from the 1st of January 2009

January 19, 2009Alina Isac

Tax rate for the incomes of the micro-companies increased from 2.5% to 3% from the 1st of January 2009, according to art. 107 of the Fiscal Code.

In order to benefit of the advantage of the fiscal policy for micro-companies, companies which choose this option should meet on December 31st of the previous fiscal year, cumulative, conditions laid down in Article 103 of the Fiscal Code:

  1. to achieve revenue, other than those of consulting and management, the proportion of over 50% of total revenues;
  2. to have at least 1 employee and maximum 9 employees;
  3. to make annual income not exceeding the equivalent in RON of 100,000 euros
  4. the registered capital of the legal person to be detained by natural or legal persons other than the State, local authorities and public institutions.

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Social contributions decreased in December 2008 and increased again in January 2009

January 19, 2009Diana Calb

Unfortunately, the estimations from December 2008 regarding the contributions to the social insurances payed by the employer were partially modified, on the increase, beginning with 2009.

Thus, through the Emergency Ordinance no. 255 that refers to some budgetary-financial measures published on 30.12.2008, (that completes art. 18, second paragraph from Law 19/2000 regarding the public pension system and other social insurances rights), the quota of the contributions of social insurances are established beginning with the 1st of January 2009, as it follows:


Fiscal facilities “repealed” by the anticrisis plan

January 19, 2009Mirela Rosu

The New Executive Body in Bucharest adopted on the 30rd of  December 2008 a series of measures agains the crisis effects, cancelling some of the measures against the crisis just promoted by the old Government.

One of the main provisions agains the crisis promoted by the new Government is the elimination of the new tax incentives, specifically the 5% bonus to prepay taxes, paid for fast payment of obligations to the state budget. Another measure of fiscal loosening eliminated is the one relative to the bonus received by the employers who create new jobs.


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.


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.


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.


The New Year brings a new manager for the Ascent Group’s office in Bucharest

January 5, 2009Adela Cristea

Starting January 2009 the new manager of Ascent Group’s office in Bucharest is Elena Manera. From this position Elena will coordinate the whole activity of one of the most important Ascent Group’s offices. Elena took over the management of the office from Luciana Căciuleanu, recently promoted Group Training Manager of Ascent Group.

Elena Manera joined Ascent Group’s team in August 2008 as coordinator of the projects department.


Elena Marina is the managing partner of Ascent Group Bulgaria

January 2, 2009Adela Cristea

Starting with January 2009 Elena Marina became managing partner of Ascent Group in Bulgaria.

Elena has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from the New Bulgarian University.

Her professional experience comes mainly from management consulting, executive search and training. Elena was working with JordanSheppard Eastern Europe delivering client services locally and across CEE and managing high-end recruitment and consultancy projects. She is a certified Human Synergistics® consultant in organizational diagnostics.


Luciana Căciuleanu became Group Training Manager of Ascent Group

December 22, 2008Adela Cristea

Starting December 2008 Luciana Căciuleanu became Group Training Manager of Ascent Group. From this position Luciana will coordinate the whole training activity of Ascent Group in Romania, Bulgaria, Republic of Moldova and Serbia.

Luciana joined Ascent Group’s team in 2006, holding during the time various positions within the organization, the most recent one being manager of Ascent Group’s office in Bucharest.

Luciana has an University degree in Economics and Public Administration within Ştefan cel Mare University in Suceava, her professional experience including 7 years of activity in various fields, especially company’s reorganization and restructuring processes, human resources, business consulting and training.


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.


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.