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Economy of Romania
Bucharest Chamber of Commerce.jpg
Currency Leu (Leu or RON)
Fiscal year Calendar year
Trade organisations European Union, WTO
Statistics
GDP $251.741 billion (IMF 2009 est.)[1]
GDP growth -7.2% (2009)[2]
GDP per capita $11,755[3] (IMF 2009 est.)
GDP by sector agriculture (8.3%), industry (37.1%), services (55.2%) (2008 est.)
Inflation (CPI) 6.67% (November 2007[4])
Population
below poverty line
6.6% (2008 est.)
Labour force 10.012 million (2008 est.)
Labour force
by occupation
services (37.7%), industry (36.7%), agriculture (8.6%) (2008)
Unemployment 7.8% (December 2009)[5]
Main industries electric machinery and equipment, textiles and footwear, light machinery and auto assembly, mining, timber, construction materials, metallurgy, chemicals, food processing, petroleum refining
External
Exports $52.2 billion[6] f.o.b. (2008)
Export goods -
Main export partners Italy 15.5%, Germany 14.0%, Turkey 7.9%, France 7.4%, UK 5.5%, Hungary 4.2%, U.S. 4.1%, Austria 3.1%, Netherlands 2.1%, Bulgaria 2.7%, Spain 2.4%, Greece 2.1% (2005)
Imports $88.2 billion[7] f.o.b. (2008)
Import goods -
Main import partners Italy 19.8%, Germany 14.0%, Russia 8.3%, France 6.7%, Turkey 4.9%, China 4.1%, Austria 3.7%, Hungary 3.3%, Kazakhstan 3.3%, Poland 2.9%, UK 2.9%, U.S. 2.8% (2005)
Public finances
Public debt $61.76 billion (2008 est.)
Revenues $77 billion (2008 est.)
Expenses $82.1 billion (2008 est.)
Economic aid NA
Main data source: CIA World Fact Book
All values, unless otherwise stated, are in US dollars

Romania is a middle income European Union member economy of Central-Eastern Europe.[8] It has been referred as a "Tiger" due to its high growth rates and rapid development.[9] Until 2009, Romanian economic growth was among EU’s fastest.[10] Gross domestic product contracted 7.1% in the third quarter of 2009 from the same period a year earlier, and the IMF estimates that the budget deficit will be as high as 7.8% of GDP.[11]

Romania has the 11th largest economy in the European Union by total nominal GDP and the 8th largest based on purchasing power parity and is one of the fastest growing markets in recent history with consistent annual GDP growth rates above 6% (+8.4% for 2008[12][13]). Romania is a member of the European Union (7th largest country), its most important trading partner. Its capital, Bucharest, is one of the largest financial centres in the region, with a metropolitan area of more than 2.6 million people. Romania has experienced growth in foreign investment with a cumulative FDI totaling more than $100 billion since 1989[14].

Prior to the late 2000s recession, some economic predictions indicated that Romanian GDP will double from 2006 to 2011,[15] and one scholar has even suggested that Romania will overtake Italy in GDP per capita by 2020.[16] Despite a growth rate of 7.1% in 2008[17], in 2009 the Romanian economy was heavily affected by the global financial downturn and contracted by some -7.2%[18]. The IMF, the European Council, as well as some independent analysts predict that growth will resume in 2010[19][20]. Future prospects are tied to the country's increasingly important integration with the European Union member states. The country is expected to join the Eurozone in 2014.

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History

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Before World War II

GDP of Romania between 1870 and 2003 in 1990 International dollars.

After World War I, the application of radical agricultural reforms and the passing of a new constitution created a democratic framework and allowed for quick economic growth (industrial production doubled between 1923–1938, despite the effects of the Great Depression). With oil production of 7.2 million tons in 1937, Romania ranked second in Europe and seventh in the world.[21] Before World War II, it was Europe's second-largest food producer.[22] In 1938, national income reached $94, surpassing other present-day developed European countries such as Greece ($76) or Portugal ($81). However, the economy still lagged behind Western Europe.[23]

Economy during 1944 - 1989

After the Second World War, Romania became a member of the Eastern Bloc, and switched to a socialist-style command economy. During this period the country experienced rapid industrialization in an attempt to create a "multilaterally developed socialist society". Economic growth was further fueled by foreign credits in the 1970s, but this eventually led to a growing foreign debt; the latter was largely paid off during the 1980s by implementing severe austerity measures which deprived Romanians of basic consumer goods.

Free market transition

Romania's GDP drop during the 1990s

Privatization of industry was pursued with the 1992 transfer of 30% of the shares of some 6,000 state-owned enterprises to five private ownership funds, in which each adult citizen received certificates of ownership. The remaining 70% ownership of the enterprises was transferred to a state ownership fund, with a mandate to sell off its shares at the rate of at least 10% per year. The privatization law also called for direct sale of some 30 specially selected enterprises and the sale of "assets" (i.e., commercially viable component units) of larger enterprises.

As of 2008, inflation stood at 7.8%, up from 4.8% in 2007[17] estimated by the BNR at coming within 6% for the year 2006 (the year-on-year CPI, published in March 2007, is 3,66%). Also, since 2001, the economy has grown steadily at around 6-8%. Therefore, the PPP per capita GDP of Romania in 2008 was estimated to be between $12,200[24] and $14,064[25].

Financial and technical assistance continued to flow in from the U.S., European Union, other industrial nations, and international financial institutions facilitating Romania's reintegration into the world economy. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (IBRD), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) all had programs and resident representatives in Romania. Romania also attracted foreign direct investment, which in 2008 rose to $72 billion[17].

Romania was the largest U.S. trading partner in Central-Eastern Europe until Ceauşescu's 1988 renunciation of Most Favored Nation (non-discriminatory) trading status, the latter of which resulted in high U.S. tariffs on Romanian products. Congress approved restoration of the MFN status effective 8 November 1993, as part of a new bilateral trade agreement. Tariffs on most Romanian products dropped to zero in February 1994 with the inclusion of Romania in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). Major Romanian exports to the U.S. include shoes and clothing, steel, and chemicals. Romania signed an Association Agreement with the EU in 1992 and a free trade agreement with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in 1993, codifying Romania's access to European markets and creating the basic framework for further economic integration. At the Helsinki Summit in December 1999, the European Union invited Romania to formally begin accession negotiations. In 2002, the target date of 2007 was set for Romania, along with Bulgaria, for its accession efforts. This was confirmed in 2003 at the Thessaloniki Summit and then in early 2005 Romania and Bulgaria signed the adherence treaty to EU. They formally joined the EU on January 1, 2007.

During the latter part of the Ceauşescu period, Romania earned significant credits from several Arab countries, notably Iraq, for work related to the oil industry. In August 2005, Romania agreed to forgive 43% of the US$1.7 billion debt owed by an Iraq still largely occupied by the military forces of the U.S.-led "Coalition of the Willing", making Romania the first country outside of the Paris Club of wealthy creditor nations to forgive Iraqi debts.[26]

Growth in 2000-07 was supported by exports to the EU, primarily to Italy and Germany, and a strong recovery of foreign and domestic investment. Domestic demand is playing an ever more important role in underpinning growth as interest rates drop and the availability of credit cards and mortgages increases. Current account deficits of around 2% of GDP are beginning to decline[citation needed] as demand for Romanian products in the European Union increases. Recent accession to the EU gives further impetus and direction to structural reform. In early 2004 the government passed increases in the Value Added Tax (VAT) and tightened eligibility for social benefits with the intention to bring the public finance gap down to 4% of GDP by 2006, but more difficult pension and healthcare reforms will have to wait until after the next elections. Privatization of the state-owned bank Banca Comercială Română took place in 2005. Intensified restructuring among large enterprises, improvements in the financial sector, and effective use of available EU funds is expected to accelerate economic growth. However, the Romanian economy was affected by the late 2000s recession and is expected to contract in 2009, with a slight recovery predicted in 2010.[27]

EU membership

     EU Eurozone (16)      EU states obliged to join the Eurozone (9)      EU state with an opt-out on Eurozone participation (1 - UK)      EU state planning to hold a referendum on the euro (1 - Denmark)      States outside the EU with issuing rights (3)      Other non-EU users (4)   

On 1 January 2007 Romania entered the European Union. This led to some immediate international trade liberalization, but there was no shock to the economy[citation needed]. The government is running annual surpluses of above 2%.[citation needed]

This is to be contrasted with enormous current account deficits. Low interest rates guarantee availability of funds for investment and consumption. For example, a boom in the real estate market started around 2000 and has not subsided yet. At the same time annual inflation in the economy is variable and during recent years (2003–2008) has seen a low of 2.3% and high of 7.8%.

Most importantly, this poses a threat to the country's accession to the Eurozone. The Romanian government plans for the euro to replace the leu in 2012. However, experts predict that this might happen as late as in 2014. From a political point of view, there is a trade-off between Romania's economic growth and the stability required for early accession to the monetary union. Romania's per-capita PPP GDP is still only about a 60% of the EU25 average, while the country's nominal GDP per capita is about 53% of the EU25 average.

In the winter of 2004 the government introduced a flat tax of 16% that was introduced on January 1, 2005. This is done in hope for higher GDP growth and greater tax collection rates. The reform, which some called a "revolution" in taxation, was met with mild discussions and some protests by affected working classes. Romania subsequently enjoyed the lowest fiscal burden in the European Union, until Bulgaria also switched to a flat tax of 10% in 2007.

The accession of Romania to the European Union has given the Union access to the Black Sea.

Member State
sorted by GDP
GDP
in billions
of US $
(2008)
GDP
% of EU
(2008)
Annual
change
 % of GDP
(2008)
GDP
per capita
in PPP US $
(2008)
Public Debt
% of GDP
(2006)
Deficit
% of GDP
(2006)
Inflation
% Annual
(2008)
Unemp.
%
(2008)
 European Union [28] 14,940 100.0% 0.9 33,700 63.8 -2.6 3.5 7.2
 Romania 272 2.0% 7.1 12,200 21.2 -4.0 7.8 4.4

Tiger economy

The Romanian economy has sometimes been referred as the "Tiger of the East [-ern Europe]."[9] Romania is a country of considerable economic potential: over 10 million hectares of agricultural land, diverse energy sources (coal, oil, natural gas, hydro, nuclear and wind), a substantial, if aging, manufacturing base and opportunities for expanded development in tourism on the Black Sea and in the mountains.

National budget

The national budget for 2008 is $71.8 billion dollars,[29] which represents 35.9% from the GDP estimated at $200 billion in 2008 according to the Ministry of Finance. National budget is increasing rapidly about 8 billion dollars each year for the interval of time 2005-2009. The national defense budget is around 2.38%[30] of the GDP and it is estimated at US$ 4.78 billion for 2008.

National budget of Romania:

# 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
1. National Budget 51 Bn$ 78 Bn$ 95Bn$[31] 130 Bn$ (est.) 180 Bn$ (est.)
2. Percentage of GDP% 34% 40% 42% (est.) 44% (est.) 51% (est.)


Economic growth

GDP growth reached 8.3% in 2006 according to the statistical office of the Romania (the year-to-year growth amounted to unexpected 9.8% in the 3rd quarter of 2006 and stayed high at 9.5% year-to-year change in the 4th quarter of 2006), and 8.0% in 2007. Table showing selected PPP GDPs and growth - 2007 to 2009 estimations:

Year GDP
in billions of USD PPP
 % GDP Growth
2007 264[32] +8
2008 290.411[32] +7.8
2009 261 (est.) -4

Romania's Gross Domestic Product at purchasing power parity (PPP) is predicted to stand at USD 13,970 in 2011, up 44 percent from the current figures, according to a recent study of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and the Columbia Program on International Investment.[33]

Recently the European Commission Secretary General Catherine Day has praised and recognised that Romania is "clearly on the right track" in terms of economic and social development[citation needed]. Romania's growth rates of 8.2% lag just behind Slovakia at 8.7% in the first quarter of 2008.[34]

Growing middle class

Romania has growing middle and upper classes with relatively high per capita incomes. World Bank estimated that in 2002 99% of the urban and 94% of the rural population had access to electricity. In 2004, 91% of the urban and only 16% of the rural population had access to improved water supply and 94% of the urban population had access to improved sanitation.[35] In 2007 there were about 19.5 million mobile phone users in Romania[36][37] and about 7 million[38] internet users.

The net average wage was 1,192 lei (roughly 500 USD) in March 2008[39], rose to 1,352 lei (560 USD) in 2009[40] and is expected to reach 1,819 lei (760 USD) by 2013[41]. The income from salaries in Romania had the highest growth rate in the region during 2006.[42] Despite recent growth Romania still has some of the lowest wages in the European Union, second only to Bulgaria.[43]

Currency

One new leu bank-note

The leu (pronounced [lew], plural: lei ([lej]; ISO 4217 code RON; numeric code 946) is the currency of Romania. It is subdivided into 100 bani (singular: ban). On 1 July 2005, Romania underwent a currency reform, switching from the previous leu (ROL) to a new leu (RON). 1 RON is equal to 10,000 ROL. Romania joined the European Union on 1 January 2007 and it is expected to adopt the euro in 2014.[44] The leu has been among the world's top five performing currencies for much of the past two years.[45]

The fulfillment of the Maastricht criteria

Romania, as a member state of the European Union is liable for the adoption of the common European currency, the Euro. For this reason Romania must fulfill the Maastricht criteria.

Convergence criteria Obligation to adopt 4 Target date Euro coins design
Country 1 Inflation rate² Government finances ERM II membership Interest rate ³ set by the country recommended by the Commission
annual government deficit to GDP gross government debt to GDP
Reference value 5 max 3.0% max. 3% max. 60% min. 2 years max 6.4% NA NA NA NA
 Romania 6,7% 2.3% 23% 0 years 4% yes 2010–2014 NA in progress

1 Current EU member states that have not yet adopted the Euro, candidates and official potential candidates.
² No more than 1.5% higher than the 3 best-performing EU member states.
³ No more than 2% higher than the 3 best-performing EU member states.
4 Formal obligation for Euro adoption in the country EU Treaty of Accession or the Framework for membership negotiations.
5 Values from May 2007 report.[46] To be updated each year.

Natural resources

GDP (PPP) per capita 2006
      >€20,000       >€17,000       >€14,000       >€10,000       >€7,000

Romania is an oil producer, but the current level of production isn't enough to make the country self-sufficient. Although at one time it was Europe's largest producer of oil, most of its reserves were used and squandered during the Ceaucescu period. As a result, it is today a net oil and gas importer.

The pipeline network in Romania included 2,427 km for crude oil, 3,850 km for petroleum products, and 3,508 km for natural gas in 2006. Several major new pipelines are planned, especially the Nabucco Pipeline for Caspian oilfields, the longest one in the world. Romania could cash in four billion dollars from the Constanta-Trieste pipeline.[47]

Romania has considerable natural resources for a country of its size, including coal, iron ore, copper, chromium, uranium, antimony, mercury, gold, barite, borate, celestine (strontium), emery, feldspar, limestone, magnesite, marble, perlite, pumice, pyrites (sulfur), clay, arable land and hydropower [17].

The ore borax, from which boron is extracted is very abundant in Romania. Romania along with the United States, is one of the world's largest producers of boron[citation needed].

Romania's mineral production is adequate to supply its manufacturing output[citation needed]. Energy needs are also met by importing bituminous and anthracite coal and crude petroleum. In 2007 approximately 34 million tons of coal, approximately 4,000 tons of tungsten, 565,000 tons of iron ore, and 47,000 tons of zinc ore were mined. Lesser amounts of copper, lead, molybdenum, gold, silver, kaolin, and fluorite also were mined.[citation needed]

Energy

The Iron Gate I Hydro Power Plant, a joint venture between Romania and Serbia

The energy sector is dominated by state-owned companies such as Termoelectrica, Hidroelectrica and Nuclearelectrica. Fossil fuels are the country's primary source of energy, followed by hydroelectric power; Romania has an estimated hydropower capacity of 36,000 GW per year[48]. Due to dependency on oil and gas imports from Russia, the country has placed an increasingly heavy emphasis on nuclear energy since the 1980s. The Cernavodă Nuclear Power Plant is currently the only one of its kind in Romania, although there are plans to build a second one in Translyvania, possibly after 2020[49]. Wind power had an installed capacity of only 76 MW in 2008[50], however the country has the largest wind power potential in Southeast Europe, with Dobruja listed as the second best place in Europe to construct wind farms[51]. As a result, there are currently investor connection requests for over 12,000 MW.[52] There are also plans to build a number of solar power stations, such as the Covaci Solar Park, which will be one of the largest in the world[53][54].

Of the electricity generated in 2007, 13.1 percent came from nuclear plants then in operation, 41.69 percent from thermal plants (oil and coal), and 25.8 percent from hydroelectric sites[55].

Physical infrastructure

The volume of traffic in Romania, especially goods transportation, has increased in recent years due to its strategic location in South-East Europe. In the past few decades, much of the freight traffic shifted from rail to road. A further strong increase of traffic is expected in the future.

As of 2009, there are only 280 km of motorways in use. However, there are plans to build over 1,000 km of motorways in the following years, including the Autostrada Transilvania, which is currently the largest road-building project in Europe. The railway network, which was significantly expanded during the Communist years, is the fourth largest in Europe.[56]

Bucharest is the only city in Romania which as of 2009 has an underground railway system, comprising both the Bucharest Metro and the light rail system Regia Autonomă de Transport Bucureşti. Although construction was planned to begin in 1941, due to geo-political factors, the Bucharest Metro was only opened in 1979. Now it is one of the most accessed systems of the Bucharest public transport network with an average ridership of 800,000 passengers during the workweek[57]. In total, the network is 67 km long and has 49 stations[58].

Sectors of the economy

Agriculture

Agriculture employs about 29% of the population (one of the highest rates in Europe), and contributes about 8.1% of GDP. The Bărăgan is characterized by large wheat farms. Dairy products, pork, poultry, and apple production are concentrated in the western region. Beef production is located in central Romania, while the production of fruits, vegetables, and wine ranges from central to southern Romania. Romania is a large producer of many agricultural products and is currently expanding its forestry and fishery industries. The implementation of the reforms and the Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) have resulted in reforms in the agricultural sector of the economy.

Fishing

Fishing is an economic mainstay in parts of the East of Romania and along the Black Sea coast, with important fish markets in places such as Constanta and Galati. Fish such as herring, crab, lobster, haddock and cod are landed at ports such as Constanta. There has been a large scale decrease in employment in the fishing industry within Romania due to the EU's Common Fisheries Policy, which places restrictions on the total tonnage of catch that can be landed, caused by overfishing in the Black Sea. In tandem with the decline of sea-fishing, commercial fish farms - especially in salmon, have increased in prominence in the rivers and lochs of the east of Romania. Inland waters are rich in fresh water fish such as salmon and trout.

Industry

Romania has been successful in developing its industrial sector in recent years. Industry and construction accounted for 32% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2003, a comparatively large share even without taking into account related services. The sector employed 26.4% of the workforce. Romania excels in the production of automobiles, machine tools, and chemicals. Motor vehicle production tripled in the 2000s, but still lags behind neighbouring countries such as Hungary or Ukraine. In 2004 Romania enjoyed one of the largest world market share in machine tools (5.3%)[citation needed]. Romanian-based companies such as Dacia, Petrom, Rompetrol, Bitdefender, Romstal and Mobexpert have expanded operations throughout the region. However, small- to medium-sized manufacturing firms form the bulk of Romania's industrial sector.

Romania's industrial output is expected to advance 9% in 2007, while agriculture output is projected to grow 12%. Final consumption is also expected to increase by 11% overall - individual consumption by 14.4% and collective consumption by 10.4%. Domestic demand is expected to go up 12.7%.

Industrial output growth was 6.9% year-on-year in December 2009, making it the highest in the EU-27 zone which averaged -1.9%.[59]

Services

In 2003 service sector constituted 55% of gross domestic product (GDP), and the sector employed 51.3% of the workforce. The subcomponents of services are financial, renting, and business activities (20.5%); trade, hotels and restaurants, and transport (18%); and other service activities (21.7%). The service sector in Romania has expanded in recent years, employing some 47% of Romanians and accounting for slightly more than half of GDP. The largest employer is the retail sector, employing almost 12% of Romanians. The retail industry is mainly concentrated in a relatively small number of chain stores clustered together in shopping malls. In recent years the rise of big-box stores, such as Cora (hypermarket) (of the France) and Carrefour (a subsidiary of the French), have led to fewer workers in this sector and a migration of retail jobs to the suburbs.

Regional variation

The strength of the Romanian economy varies from region to region. GDP, and GDP per capita is highest in Bucharest. The following table shows the GDP (2005) per capita of the 4 counties and 2 areas, with data supplied by Eurostat.

Rank Place GDP per capita
in dollars
1 Bucharest 27,344
2 Cluj 26,934
3 Timiş 25,121
4 Braşov 24,788
5 Constanţa 24,696

Foreign trade

Italy is Romania's largest trading partner; two-way trade totalled some $22.6 billion in 2007. The principal Italy exports to Romania include computers, integrated circuits, aircraft parts and other defense equipment, wheat, and automobiles. Romania's chief exports to Italy include cut diamonds, jewelry, integrated circuits, printing machinery, and telecommunications equipment. 2.8% of the country's GDP is derived from Agricultural activity. While Romania imports substantial quantities of grain, it is largely self-sufficient in other agricultural products and food stuffs, due to the fact that food must be regulated for sale in the Romania retail market, and hence imports almost no food products from other countries. Romania imported in 2006 food products of 2.4 billion euros, up almost 20% versus 2005, when the imports were worth slightly more than 2 billion euros. The EU is Romania's main partner in the trade with agri-food products. The exports to this destination represent 64%, and the imports from the EU countries represent 54%. Other important partners are the CEFTA countries, Turkey, Republic of Moldova and the USA.[60] Romania is one of the world's major exporters of military equipment, accounting for 3-4% of the world total in 2007. EU members are represented by a single official at the World Trade Organization.

See also

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