On a clear night in July 1990, my plane descended toward Otopeni, the main international airport servicing Bucharest, the capital of Romania. I had read up a lot on the country and the city, before visiting my parents there, and working at the British Embassy, for the first time. “The Paris of the Balkans”, a country with a rich culture, “a Latin Island in Slavic sea”, were a just a few of descriptions I found. This Romania of 1990 was just emerging from 50 years of totalitarian dictatorship. Continue reading A Country of Beauty and Warmth That Will Reward Those Who Visit With an Open Mind
Seeing that Romania was going in the right direction, economically and socially, made me want to come back to the country after almost two decades of living and working in the UK, says Alexandru Petrescu, Romanian Minister for Business Environment, Commerce and Entrepreneurship. He spoke to Andrew Wrobel about the prospects for the economy and the changes the government is implementing. Continue reading Alexandru Petrescu: Romania Is Working to Solidify the Highest Growth Rate in Europe
Every morning, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must out run the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle, when the sun comes up, you’d better be running. Continue reading Seven Reasons for Optimism in Romania
The European Union is going through some very hard times. The European Commission’s White Paper, which puts forward five scenarios on the Union’s future, is quite eloquent about the tremors that are undercutting its foundations. However, in order to make good policy judgements about the future one has to keep history in mind. The last decade was quite momentous for Romania and it does pay to glance back at it. Continue reading Romania Needs to Follow its EU Membership With Some Sweeping Reforms to Avoid Stagnation
In 2016, Romania’s economy achieved a GDP growth of 4.8 per cent, which was the fastest pace since 2007, and the highest mark in the EU. Continue reading Romania’s Economic Outlook Is Bright
It was on January 1, 2007, some fifty years after the creation of the European Economic Community, in the Treaty of Rome, that Romania officially became a full member of the European Union. The country’s road towards integration has lasted fourteen years after signing the Association Agreement, back in 1993. It has been a long journey, full of hurdles, in parallel with the process of modernising the country and of consolidating the rule of law in our young democracy. Continue reading Romania’s EU Membership Was Slow to Be Appreciated But Now the Tide Is Turning
It’s a Monday afternoon in a French brasserie in Knightsbridge. I am meeting Princess Marina Sturdza on the last day of her three week visit to London, before she flies back to New York. Continue reading Princess Marina Sturdza: Things Are Bound to Improve for Romania
Joining the EU has unlocked robust GDP growth and continues to aggregate positive energy in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. Adhering to the common market has brought a surge in trade, positive institutional changes and improvements in the business environment. However for many countries, it has also led to a migration of the labour force, which could affect long-term economic growth prospects. Continue reading The Competitive Edge in Central and Eastern Europe
When I first came to Romania in 1990, the revolution had just finished. Ceausescu was dead and the political classes were forming into parties. That was 27 years ago. Even in 1990, people were on the streets, elated by what had been achieved. The then Government party was the party which eventually morphed into the Social Democratic Party (PSD).
The European Commission has been preparing a technical communication that focusses on waste-to-energy (WtE). It aims to explore the opportunities this offers, particularly with regard to the synergies between resource and energy efficiency. The communication was scheduled to be published at the end of 2016 together with the reviewed Renewable Energy Directive. Continue reading The CEE Region Is Making Advances in Prioritising Waste-to-Energy Projects
In November 2016, the Romanian Ministry of Economy posted a preliminary draft of the energy sector 2016-2030 for public consultation, with a year 2050 perspective. It tackles all energy resources such as crude oil, natural gas, coal, biomass and energetic waste, and includes special sections for electricity. This is, therefore, the occasion for a review of the Romanian power sector and its evolution over the past 25 years. Continue reading After 25 Years of Restructuring, the Romanian Power Sector Is at a Crossroad
The global economic environment continues to be challenging. The ‘wounds’ inflicted by the global financial crisis of 2008 have not yet healed completely and world economic growth remains rather subdued. This particularly applies to the advanced countries and especially to the Euro Zone, which is the most important trading partner for the Eastern European countries. Continue reading Are Labour Shortages Driving Economic Growth?