Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu invited German investors attending a Romanian-German Economic Forum in Munich on Thursday to take advantage of the investment opportunities offered by Romania in the auto industry or the information technology, but at the same time to explore eastern Romania, not only the more familiar areas in the country's west.
Tariceanu underscored that Romania offers such tax advantages as the 16 percent flat tax or a cut in the health insurance contribution and it has made moves made to cut red tape, and he stressed Romania benefits from highly skilled labour, able to contribute to the development of highly competitive sectors.
The prime minister said that, while he does not pretend to have stamped out corruption in Romania, the last Report of the European Commission highlighted the constant progress made by Romania in this respect, by having drafted a new Criminal Code or by having set up the National Agency for Integrity; the Government wants nothing else but to establish a sound economic climate, one in which the foreign investors should be able to develop their businesses, he added. Tariceanu, on the other hand, called on the German investors to take advantage of such tax breaks by also developing businesses in the eastern and southern Romanian areas.
Besides the auto industry, the premier cited the opportunities offered by Romania in the IT sector and even the real estate sector, where the investors' profit reaches 'almost indecent' rates at more than 30-40 percent and even up to 100 percent.
Tariceanu pointed out that the Government's concern isn't to attract investors as a result of very low labour costs and he stressed, in reference to the Nokia case, that Romania doesn't seek to take advantage from the delocalisation of certain production units from other European countries.Chairman of the German economy's Eastern Committee Klaus Mangold said 'Romania cannot be interesting on the long term, as long as it relies only on a low labour cost' and added he knows of the plans that some German firms in the auto component industry have to invest in Romania.
Chairman of the Munich Chamber of Commerce and Industry Erich Greipl at a news conference quoted a survey conducted among the Bavarian companies, out of which a vast 40 percent said Romania is the country offering the biggest development opportunities in the European Union, with its only competitor outside the EU space being Russia.
Greipl stressed Romania can become a bridge to link Germany and the countries in Eastern Europe, being one of the most adequate access routes to the markets in that area.
Bavarian Premier Gunther Beckstein praised the Romanian taxation system and underscored that the German minority living in Romania is a good bridge to link the two sides, adding the Romanian state has treated the ethnic Germans in an exemplary manner, by having rendered them support for the return of property or by the opportunities offered them to come back to the country.