Wednesday, February 17th

Romania is among a handful of European Union countries that have seen an increase in building activity

Construction works in the Euro zone have fallen by 3.7 percent and 3.3percent in the EU as a whole, in December, compared to the month before, according to Eurostat. The only member states that reported an increase in building activity were Slovakia, Romania, Poland and Spain. The Highest decline in the construction industry was in Slovenia, France and Germany. In 2020 as a whole, construction works have fallen by 5.7% in the Euro zone and by 5% in the EU, compared to 2019. The only annual increases were reported in December in Romania, Germany and the Netherlands.

Romania has recorded an economic decline of 3.9% of the GDP in 2020

Romania’s economic evolution in 2020 is seen as positive by the government, as the economy contracted by only 3.9% of the GDP, compared to more developed European countries, whose economic decline was even double. Romania has managed to avoid a recession in the last quarter of the year and even managed to grow more than it was hoped. This development offers the country a chance to bring the economy back on an upward trend in the first quarter of 2021, Prime Minister Florin Citu has said.

In Romania, around 700,000 people have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine

Romania has vaccinated as many as 700,000 people as of Wednesday, February 17th, and 454,000 of them have also received the second shot. According to data published by the authorities, 37,000 shots of Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccine were inoculated in the last 24 hours. The results of the vaccination prove that it is the right and safe measure to allow a return to normality, the coordinator of the National Immunization Campaign, Valeriu Gheorghita, has said. Effects of the vaccination among the health workers are starting to be visible, with a drop in infection rate among them of around 87%.

Mădălina Brotăcel, RADOR