Situation of COVID-19 cases in Romania
- New record of daily COVID-19 cases in Romania: 614 new cases in 24 hours: July 9, the Group for Strategic Communications announced 614 new cases in the last 24 hours & a daily death toll of 17 in the last 24 hours. 240 patients are under Emergency Care.
Political and regulatory
- President Iohannis steps in and calls for clear legislation: After the official announcement about the record number of cases, President Klaus Iohannis called on the political class to “loyal cooperation between state institutions.” He said it was not the time for pride and called on Parliament to urgently pass the law on quarantine and isolation, to give the authorities the leverage to act to protect people’s health. The head of state also stated that the pandemic was managed with weak laws, that the legislation had to be adjusted along the way and that the entire regulatory framework of exceptional measures must be rethought, to include sufficient tools for prompt action by the authorities. This was Iohannis’ second call on MPs to fast track the Bill on quarantine and isolation after his announcement on Wednesday, July 8.
- PM Orban: We are at a watershed moment, rise in COVID-19 cases caused by failure to observe safety rules: Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said the high number of new coronavirus infections is the result of failure to comply with the health protection rules imposed by the authorities. He emphasized that the government is keeping watch together with all the other authorities involved in the fight against COVID and voiced his confidence that Parliament will adopt the bill on quarantine and isolation. “Every time, when necessary, we have taken all measures to protect the Romanians’ health and life. In all the situations created as a result of the decisions taken by institutions other than government institutions, we put solutions on the table and demanded that they be adopted and we also made sure that they are implemented. Today I send a message of confidence that Parliament will understand our situation and will adopt the law providing us with all the instruments all the governments of civilized countries
- 2020 Budget adjustment signed into Law: President Klaus Iohannis promulgated On Wednesday the Law for the approval of the Government’s Emergency Ordinance No. 50/2020 on the revision of this year’s state budget. During the debates in the Parliament, the senators and the deputies adopted an amendment to supplement by 850 million lei the amounts that will be sent to the County Councils.
Impact on the economy
- PM Orban cofirms green light from the EC on large companies’ guarantee scheme: Prime Minister Ludovic Orban announced on Thursday that the Government has gotten the approval from the European Commission to the state aid scheme to guarantee loans for large companies, and the Executive is ready to adopt the normative act. He added that a draft normative act has been drawn up aimed at measures to support the employment of day laborers and seasonal workers.
- Minister of Labor drafted the legislation on the Kurzarbeit model: The government has prepared two emergency ordinance projects, one on the flexible work schedule and the other on support for daily and seasonal workers, said Labor Minister Violeta Alexandru. “Our proposal is to complete the Labor Code (…) I maintain my proposal that the through the Ordinance we initiate the Labor Code must include a separate chapter for these exceptional situations, i.e. in emergency situations, in alert situations, I repeat, in exceptional situations, not forever (…), we come up with the following proposals that I briefly review: Practically, the payment of the gross salary for each employee who will be the beneficiary of this flexible work measure will be divided between the employer, which will cover at least 50% of the duration provided in the individual full-time employment contract and the state, which will cover 75% of the difference between the gross basic salary in the contract before the crisis period and the basic salary gross, related to the hours actually worked as a result of the reduction of the program. This is the essence of our provision “, said Violeta Alexandru.
- Digitization of interactions with citizens by the Ministry of Labor until August 15: Institutions subordinated to the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection (MMPS) have until August 15 to implement a digital communication system with citizens through which they can make only one trip to the institution to obtain the requested document, said Violeta Alexandru.
- Reuters: Bulgaria & Croatia in the waiting room for the Eurozone this year: Eurozone officials are ready to let Croatia and Bulgaria join ERM-2 (the no-exchange rate mechanism), a mandatory two-year period before the adoption of the euro, possibly in 2023, sources told Reuters quoted by Romanian media.