Monday, August 24

Romania, EU’s bread cheapest country

The price of bread across European Union was more than three times as high in most expensive Member States than in the cheapest ones. As bread and cereal prices were highest in Denmark, Austria, Luxembourg and Finland, bread price levels were lowest in Romania, followed by Bulgaria and Poland, according to data on Monday issued by Eurostat, EU’s statistical office. Eurostat data include figures related to EU bread consumption in 2019.

New House Programme – new rules published in Official Gazette

Romanians wishing to apply for a house through the country’s New House (Noua Casă) national programme may start their talks with banking institutions as the programme’s new application rules were published in the Official Gazette on Monday. The New House programme is replacing the former First House (Prima Casă) government programme first established in 2009. The new version maintains the 5 percent of the price in advance for a house of no more than €70,000. However, the current programme allows the purchase of more expensive homes when clients could secure loans of up to €140,000 with 15 percent of the price in advance. The programme refers to qualified people who never had a home larger than 50 square meters. The guarantee ceiling reaches RON 1.6 billion, available by the end of the year.

Romania’s coronavirus updated

Romania reported 825 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, according to data issued by the country’s Strategic Communication Group (GCS). The country confirmed a total of 79,330 COVID-19 cases with 35,517 cured, and 3,309 deaths. Romania adopted its first relaxation measures after the end of the state of emergency on May 14, when residents were allowed to travel locally with requirements of mask-wearing in enclosed public places and on public transport. However, recent Romania’s virus surge prompted new worries. The governing National Liberal Party (PNL) and Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis warned the pandemic was far from over, and coronavirus rules and restrictions had to be kept in place.

Alexandru Danga