Publicat pe 19/03/2020

Bucharest, 18th of March: The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania together with its members – the county chambers of commerce and industry conducted a sustained consultation of the business environment at national level, whose proposals of immediate measures regarding the economic, fiscal and monetary policies necessary to diminish the potential negative economic effects of the pandemic generated by COVID-19 on the economic agents in Romania. The proposals are:

  1. Exemption or at least staggering payment of taxes and contributions of economic agents (CAS, CASS and CAM) for the salaries of their employees for a period of 90 days concurrently with the granting of a bonus of at least 15% to companies that will not access the rescheduling option;

  2. Extension until May 25th, 2020, by derogation from the provisions of art. 42, para. (1) of the Fiscal Code, of the deadline for filing the annual tax return for the fiscal year 2019;

  3. Extension from 15 days to 45 days of the period within which the enforced execution may begin, for all active orders issued by ANAF, in case the debt is not extinguished or the tax body is not notified regarding the intention to start the procedure mediation. In practice, there are situations in which these orders are transmitted in error, but due to the situation created, taxpayers may need extra time to analyze the situation and notify the tax body about the intention to start the mediation procedure;

  4. Postponement of the deadlines for the submission of the financial statements for the year 2019 and the submission of D101, VAT returns, D390, D394;

  5. Increasing public investments to support the economy and directing appropriate financial resources from the state or community budget, to support the current activity of the SME sector;

  6. The possibility of direct settlement from the beneficiary (mayors / water companies) with subcontractors and / or suppliers of materials within the infrastructure projects and tracking the payment of the subcontractors and suppliers of materials by the beneficiaries of infrastructure projects and direct payments to them in if the GM does not comply with its contractual obligations;

  7. Emergency approval of the supplementary costs of execution of the works, in relation to the measures taken by GEO no. 114/2018, where they have not been approved so far (about 40% of cases) and the settlement of the costs of preserving the suspended works during the pandemic period;

  8. Approval of the additional costs generated by the increased costs for companies, especially those of logistics and exchange rate, during the pandemic period;

  9. Creation of freight corridors, including the combination of road traffic and rail traffic, so that the trucks are loaded in special wagons to ensure flows of raw materials;

  10. Organization of freight terminals serving the exporting companies and implementation of special customs procedures for drivers on TIRs who transit or come from risk areas;

  11. Modification of the NBR Regulations in order to eliminate the obligation to provide provisions by commercial banks that grant grace periods for payment of rates for a maximum period of 6 months during this period and to reduce the monetary policy interest by a minimum of 1 percentage point;

  12. Returning to the initial form of the provisions of art. 78 of Law 448/2006 on the protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities;

  13. The guarantee by the state of the collection of debts in the case of companies that have to collect debts from companies with majority state capital, which are insolvent;

  14. The full support by the state of the allowance of 75% of the salary in the case of technical unemployment for a period of at least 6 months;

  15. The possibility of granting paid days paid in advance and their recovery by overtime, with the possibility of temporarily exceeding the ceilings imposed by the current legislation;

  16. Granting non-reimbursable or zero interest financing lines for the payment of salaries of employees of companies and other private organizations;

  17. The imposition, through specific legislative measures, on distributors, importers and retailers not to increase prices for specific products unjustifiably;

  18. Encouraging sales of domestic products to support the activities of Romanian companies;

  19. The granting of credit lines through state-owned banks (CEC Bank and Eximbank) for a period of 1 year with zero interest or at most 50% of ROBOR, for SMEs and for other entities with up to 50 employees ( PFA, IF, II, AF, NGO) to stimulate the rapid return of the activity;

  20. Providing government guarantees to companies to contract bank financing to support current activity, including technical unemployment and, at the same time, granting tax exemptions for new hires;

  21. Defer taxation of companies’ tax liabilities for a period of up to 120 days from the payment term – 25.03.2020, without calculating interest and penalties for this period;

  22. Compensation between the amounts to be reimbursed from the state budget and the due tax obligations of the taxpayers legal entities, without calculating penalties in their charge if the compensation was not made on time by the state;

  23. Immediate repayment of state debts to economic agents – VAT, tax recovery, etc.;

  24. Adopting the legislative project on electronic transactions quickly, draft law on electronic identification and reliable services under debate at the Chamber of Deputies (L481 / 2019 – Pl-x 475/2019) or issuing an Emergency Ordinance by the Romanian Government that the advanced electronic signature is recognized as having legal value and that it has full legal effect;

  25. Modifying H.G. No. 1186/2000 for the approval of the List comprising the medical-surgical emergencies, as well as the infectious diseases of group A, for which the insured persons benefit from compensation for temporary incapacity to work without conditions of contribution period by adding COVID-19 to the list of infectious diseases so that benefit from indemnity and those without a contribution period;

  26. Elimination of ceilings for establishing provisions for the risk of non-payment of customers;

  27. Emergency reimbursement to the economic agents of the payments of the medical leave of their employees;

  28. Passing the SSM medicines, materials and services necessary for prevention, disinfection and protection from the reduced or standard VAT rate, to the 5% rate;

  29. Introducing and granting the tax deductibility for business continuity provisions;

  30. Establish measures regarding technical unemployment for all economic agents, applicable including to other entities, including non-governmental bodies that carry out economic activities;

  31. Emergency and fully transparent adoption of the procedure established by Government decision, for the implementation of the measures of Law no. 19/2020 regarding the granting of free days to parents for the supervision of children, provided that the extent of the extension of the term of suspension of the courses of the educational units is foreseen to be in existence during all the period in which the state of emergency is established;

  32. Exemption or at least deferral of VAT, income tax, social contributions and local taxes for the first and second quarters of the current year for tourism companies;

  33. Making the requests to the banking sector in order to establish grace periods for the payments of the bank rates over a certain period without the payment of interest or penalties;

  34. Granting the holiday vouchers with the possibility of their immediate use, at the same time as the holidays;

  35. Suspension of payments for transport licenses, road taxes, ARRs, etc., specific to transport companies;

  36. Exemption from the payment of tax on profits and dividends corresponding to the year 2019 and considering as zero tax on profit and on dividends for 2020, if the tax is reinvested in the main activity;

  37. Support through the budget of the National Health Insurance Fund of all the expenses incurred by the economic agents with the specific materials to prevent the spread of the virus – masks, disinfectants, etc.