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During the technical unemployment employers and employees are exempt from payment of taxes and contributions to the state budget

Technical unemployment was until recently a concept included in the Romanian Labor Code. After various legislative changes, however, the term "technical unemployment'' was removed, and his place was taken by the expressions "suspension of employment” or “a temporary interruption of employment”. However, in common language, the phrase" technical unemployment" is still used when we want to refer to such interruption or temporary suspension of employment contracts.

Regarding the payment of salaries and social contributions during such period, the Government is trying to help the employers in this period, through the Emergency Ordinance no. 28/2009 published in 25 March 2009: read more»

Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Serbia. Competitive advantages.

When an investor decides to start a business in our region, he usually can choose between a few countries: if they want to choose a country from the European Union, then they will most likely choose between Romania and Bulgaria, the last countries who joined the EU and also the countries with the lowest labour cost among the EU countries. In case they want to choose a country that is not an EU member, then Serbia and the Republic of Moldova seam to be the 2 best options.

However it is pretty difficult to make a choice in the end, given that each of these countries have advantages and disadvantages. So I proposed to make an overview of the main elements that take into account when an investor decides to start a business in one of these countries.

First, I tried to group in a comparative table the main types of fees and taxes, and the costs that an investor must bear in each of the 4 analyzed countries. Please see them below: read more»

EU gave us the money, but we are risking not to receive them

From the amount of 12.95 billion euros that Romania has borrowed from International Monetary Fund, it already received only 5 billion. The next part of 1.9 billion euros will get into our accounts on September 15.

However, it appears that the compliance with the International Monetary Fund mission is very difficult for Romanian authorities. The IMF evaluations shows that the bank field is going relatively well, but the problem is on fiscal - budgetary policy. In order to make it work we need reforms and to reorganize the social policies, pensions and the salaries law in the public sector.

Signing the agreement with the IMF, the Romanian state has undertaken to take measures to strengthen the public finances, the first measure being the gradual reduction of the budget deficit through strict control of public expenses. Once the IMF mission will visit again Romania and based on their conclusions it will be decided whether to release the next part of loan or not. read more»

EU enlarges with a new institution - the Council for Systemic Risks

A new page of European Union history has been written once with the establishment of the first European institution with responsibilities in terms of monitoring developments in financial and banking markets and reporting the systemic risks.

The European leaders have decided the establishment of a new European institution – the Council for Systemic Risks - in response to the G20 Summit which took place in London, on April 2, when the participants have asked a better monitoring of economies in general and financial and banking markets in particular. read more»

Ascent Group and Jordan Sheppard are looking for talented young IT professionals for EU

Ascent Group, in cooperation with the partner Jordan Sheppard, is currently deploying intensive efforts to identify the market's most talented IT professionals.

Our client is a Service Provider for the European Union and the opportunities are aimed at young IT professionals who wish to access interesting and international IT career perspectives (the employer is Belgium based), either at a senior but also a more junior/entry level. Interested professionals can review enclosed a list of currently available positions.

The ability to speak fluently both English and French is essential. The applicants can send their resumes to email

The receipts with value of less than 100 lei are still tax deductible?

The Governmental Ordinance no. 105/2009 repealed the provisions of Governmental Ordinance no 831/1997 in order to approve the common patterns forms for the financial and accounting activities and for the regulations concerning the way to prepare and use these forms.

Under the new regulations, the companies should consider the fact that the tax receipts issued with electronic tax devices under the Emergency Ordinance 28/1999 are documents that prove the payment and need to be attached to the cash flow register.

Introducing in the accountancy the purchased goods or the expenses made by companies and paid based on tax receipt (cash or card), is possible only if:

  1. the company requires an invoice for delivered goods or for the carried out services, having in annex the tax receipts issued by the electronic tax device
  2. or read more»

State grants budget for companies increased 20 times

Minimis State grants represent one of the best financing solutions for small and medium enterprises. At the end of May the Government increased 20 times the grants schemes to enterprises, from five million to one hundred million, allocating 20 million euros for 2009.

Moreover, the Government also extended the number of companies fields of activity that may require such grants from the state, including mostly manufacturing: the production of textures, clothing, leather processing and footwear production, glass production and articles of paper.

These grants are offered for a period of three consecutive fiscal years, and the projects are supported 100% by the state budget.  read more»

What expects the private environment from the government during the crisis?

Few months ago, the economic crisis was still, in the opinion of many, an excuse for companies to reduce costs, an "over-fed" issue by the press, a pretext for the Government not to increase the salaries in the budgetary sector, etc. Even among those who accepted the existence of a crisis, it dominated the view that it will be like a wave, which will last 5-6 months, will sweep some companies in the way, will sway some imbalances that were obvious to everybody, after which things will return "to normal" just as they were before.

Today no one doubts the reality and the depth of this crisis, that in fact affects all countries and all branches of economy at the same time, that it will be a lasting crisis and will take years for the things to return as they were in the summer of 2008. And in some fields maybe it will not ever return to those peaks. read more»

Working at home

article published in Tonica magazine

How many times dind't you want to escape, even for one single day, from the crowded roadway from your job office and back, anyhow you were traveling: with your own car, subway, bus? How many times you dreamed to escape, at least for one single day, from the morning strict schedule of your office that you can not violate but extremely flexible in the evening?

And how many times you have wanted to be able to transform the perfectly ironing clothes, the dress perfectly matching with the makeup, the elegant hair or the heavy atmosphere from the office with a light toilet - pajamas or robe and with a nice music loud enough for a perfect relax ?

Seems like a dream, but today's technology allows us to enjoy and to forget, whenever we want, the never ending timetable from the job, the crowd and the enforced dress code, if we decide to work from home. read more»

"No border" a successful start for the Romanian - Bulgarian cross-border cooperation

On 18th of June 2009 took place in Bulgaria, Ruse the „No Borders” event, a Romanian – Bulgarian bilateral business meeting organized by Ascent Group in partnership with UNPR – National Union of Romanian Employers, BRCCI – Romanian–Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the magazines Manager Bulgaria and Consulting Review Romania.

Bulgaria and Romania, two neighboring countries separated by borders several decades that remained now only symbolic, gathered in No Borders event all their business potential and colaboration interest. No Borders event aimed to encourage the cross-border cooperation and investments, to facilitate the neighboring market acces and to stimulate business partnerships for both countries companies. read more»

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