Publicat pe 15/11/2018

Bucharest, November 15th, 2018: The Competition Council, in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR), organized the conference “Competitive Environment and Competitiveness in Key Sectors of the Romanian Economy” at the Romexpo Exhibition Center on Thursday, November 15th.

The themes of the discussion focused on the challenges of the competitive environment and the competitiveness in the main fields of activity in the Romanian economy, in this sense, the Competition Council presenting the annual report “Evolution of Competition in Key Sectors”, a consumer price analysis at national level.

Vice President of CCIR, Gheorghe Seculici, presented the conclusions of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania regarding the evolution of competition in the key sectors of the economy: “There is an exchange of information and data between the CCIR and the Competition Council, which concludes in analyzes that support the business environment. As a result of the CCIR analysis on the competition report in the key sectors of the Romanian economy, edition 2018, I would like to highlight some elements. (…) An essential aspect of the needs of the national economy is the low level of productivity and the degree of innovation in Romania. From the point of view of labor productivity, we are 27th out of 28 in the EU. At the same time, Romania is currently a modest innovation state, which shows the lowest performance in the EU in this field, namely 31% of the European Union average, according to innovation statistics published by the European Commission in June 2018. (…) At the same time, we are in a situation where the lack of quality education targeted at target groups of students leads to insufficiently qualified human resource. ”

The President of the Competition Council, Bogdan M. Chiriţoiu, gave a short presentation of the topics covered in this year’s report: “I wish you to see our contribution (no to the Competition Council) to help the economy use the resources it has in a smarter way and competition to be a tool for this. This year’s report is largely about new technologies. (…) The most open area in our economy, where we have the strongest competition, is the area of commerce, and that is because we see an increase in the share of online commerce, so we start to we see the influence of new technologies. In the report, we also refer to the good things that we have in Romania and which we must keep in this way, and we refer especially to competition in the telecommunications area. Here Romania has some of the lowest prices in the EU and some of the best quality standards. ”

The President of the Competition Council, Bogdan M. Chiriţoiu, gave a short presentation of the topics covered in this year’s report: “I want you to see our contribution (no to the Competition Council) to help the economy use its resources (…) The most open area in our economy, where we have the strongest competition, is the area of commerce, and that’s because we see an increase in the share of online commerce, so we start to see the influence of new technologies. In the report, we also refer to the good things we have in Romania and which we must keep in this way, and we refer to the competition in the telecommunications area. Here Romania has some of the lowest prices in the EU and some of the best quality standards. ”

The event was also attended by Yuriy Terentyev, Chairman of the Antimonopoly Committee, Ukraine, Ms. Elena Kleininger, Vice-President, Competition Council, Mihai Buşu, Competition Inspector, Research Directorate, Competition Council Mr. Claudiu Vrinceanu, Member, Romanian Business Leaders & Founder Start-Up Bridge, Mr. Eduardo Martinez Rivero, Director of DG Competition – “State Aid: Industrial Restructuring” and Ms. Andreea Paul-Vass, President, INACO – Competitiveness Initiative.

Background

The Competition Competition in Key Sectors Report issued by the Competition Council presents the main elements of the competition policy in 2018 as well as a summary of the recent developments of the main indicators of the national economy. The investigations target key sectors of the Romanian economy (cement, eggs, immunoglobulins, hydro energy) and the final result of important investigations in areas such as retail, insurance, tourism, telecom, drilling, online trade, gas, and fuel. At the same time, the report also includes an analysis of the main factors that led to the change in the prices of consumer goods during the year 2018.