Romanian National Bank Hikes Interest Rates


At its first meeting of 2018, the board of the Romanian National Bank (BNR) voted on January 8 to raise its interest rate 0.25 per cent to 2 per cent. It is the first time that the rate has increased in almost three years.  The bank’s boss, Mugur Isarescu, was nevertheless to reassure Romania’s borrowers that the ROBOR – the base rate used to calculate interest rates for consumer loans in lei – would not necessarily follow suit.

“We do not foresee any major changes in consumer interest rates, and it is my duty to get this message across to Romanian society at large,” said Mr Isarescu.

Explaining the increase in the bank’s rate, he said that it was needed to prevent further increases in inflation, which climbed from 1.77 per cent in September to over 3 per cent in November: well above the bank’s expectations.

“We are seeing demand outstrip the economy’s potential, something which can lead to only two things: a larger budget deficit or higher inflation. Neither is desirable,” he said. “This increase is not designed to shake the economy, but to do the opposite. We want to extenuate the risk of inflation while at the same time sparing borrowers – both individuals and companies – from higher interest costs.”

Florin Cîțu, a former banker who is now a senator for the opposition Liberal Party, believes that interest rates will rise further.

“It is my view that the BNR will increase interest rates to around 4 per cent over the course of the next few months,” said Mr Cîțu. “That would equate to a ROBOR of 4.25 per cent. To stabilise the economy, rates should be higher than inflation, which is now estimated to be 3.9 per cent.”

The BNR’s board is next scheduled to meet on February 7, when it will publish its quarterly inflation report.


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TBILISI GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Top view of Tbilisi downtown Georgia on September 28 2016. Tbilisi is a capital and largest city of Georgia.

Moody’s: CEE Creditworthiness Holding Up

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Ukraine to Make New Privatisation Push

IMF Urges Croatia to Speed Up Reform


Beyond Borders: Immigration Within the EU

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Sarajevo Stock Exchange Connected to SEE Link

sarajevo stock exchange

Romania’s Budget Deficit ‘Should Start Alarm Bells Ringing’

BUCHAREST ROMANIA - June 29 2017: Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose during a swearing-in ceremony at Cotroceni palace in Bucharest capital of Romania June 29 2017.

NATO Opens New Moldova Office

NATO Moldova

Czech PM Loses Confidence Vote

andrej Babiš

Deloitte Upsizes Its Emerging Europe Cyber Intelligence Team

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Cabinet Reshuffle In Poland Sees Controversial Ministers Axed

Košice Business Matchmaking Event Brings in Hungarians

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Warsaw Rising: The Polish Capital’s Skyline Gets Even Taller


Is Prague the New Face of Overtourism?

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New investors interested in Belarus’ Great Stone Industrial Park

Economic Confidence Rises Across Eurozone

Bulgaria’s Bitcoin Mystery

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IMF: Institutions Key to Sustainable Growth


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