This research was prepared for the Friedrich Erbert Stiftung in 2017 and focuses on the political and economic setting of Euro adoption in Romania.
Laurian Lungu Ordonanța de urgență 114/2018, adoptată la finele anului trecut, a suscitat multe reacții. În mare parte, acestea s-au concentrat pe impactul și oportunitatea măsurilor propuse în sectoarele vizate, cu precădere cel bancar, al pensiilor private și energetic. Însă, implicațiile textului legislativ sunt mai profunde. În fapt, ordonanța de urgență pare a fi o primă etapă în îndeplinirea unui obiectiv important menționat în programul de guvernare al actualei coaliții, și anume creșterea rolului statului în economie. Totodată, adâncește semnificativ breșa dintre rațiunea economică și cea politică prin ignorarea flagrantă a principiilor economice. Aceste episoade aduc de regulă, în timp, […]
Since 2012, an aggressive minimum wage (MW) policy has pushed up the level of MW from the equivalent of EUR 160 to EUR 410 in 2018. Current plans envisage further increases, to the equivalent of EUR 450 and EUR 500 respectively, for the holders of a university degree, starting December 2018. And MW could reach EUR 520 and EUR 580 for the holders of a university degree by October 2020. So far, MW rose at an annual rate of 21% over a 6-year time-span.
In this analysis, Ella Kallai and Laurian Lungu look at the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the Romanian economy. The paper starts by highlighting macroeconomic imbalances that existed prior to the crisis. It then assesses the impact on labor markets and economic sectors underscoring the consequences for public finances and country risk. Finally, the analysis addresses the fundamental issue of restarting the economy in the context of the European Green Deal. This analysis was prepared for the Energy Policy Group (EPG) as part of a European Climate Foundation grant. Download the full analysis (EN) Descărcați analiza (RO)
CPAG co-founder Laurian Lungu held a Zoom-based presentation on the “Macroeconomic Aspects of Post Covid-19 Crisis” for the Independent Directors Association on 03 June 2020. Has the answer of central banks & governments to the Covid-19 crisis been excessive? Implications on public debt, risk and inflation. Increasing the role of the state in the economy – a temporary or a more prolonged effect? Macroeconomic risks for the Romanian economy. How could Romania’s economy reposition itself in a post Covid-19 world? Presentation
Politica pensiilor publice a fost, în ultimele trei decenii, un instrument utilizat intens electoral. Restructurarea economică de la sfârşitul mileniului trecut şi un avans demografic defavorabil au dus la situaţia de astăzi în care 5,6 milioane de salariaţi activi susţin 5,2 milioane de pensionari. Creşterea puterii de cumpărare a pensionarilor este o problemă socială în sine, dat fiind nivelul iniţial redus al pensiei, pentru marea majoritate a acestora. Dar, aşa cum s-a implementat în ultima decadă şi jumătate, politica pensiilor publice a devenit un factor de obstrucţie în elevarea potenţialului de creştere economică. Angrenând periodic cheltuieli masive, de o magnitudine […]
CPAG co-founder Laurian Lungu was a guest speaker at the 5th edition of the Energy Strategy Summit organised by energynomics.ro in Bucharest, on 11 June 2019. Main points made in the speech: Highlighted a few aspects which would impact Romania’s energy transition process towards achieving its 2030 climate and energy targets, as envisaged by the EU’s energy strategy objectives, namely: The link between economic growth and energy consumption. Dual challenge facing the energy industry, i.e. reducing emissions but keeping up the world demand for energy. Financing the energy transition process. Traditionally, the correlation between economic growth and energy consumption was […]
CPAG co-founder Laurian Lungu was a panel speaker at the “Moy glas u EU” conference organised in Zagreb, Croatia on 24 April 2019. The focus of the panel discussion was the effects of Euro adoption in Croatia. It was an absorbing debate, especially given some existing similarities between the economies of Croatia and Romania, such as a relatively high euroisation rate, the managed float exchange rate regime, the strong trade integration with the Eurozone or the revival of the political will to adopt the euro. Croatia has taken large strides towards adopting the euro. Among the six remaining EU countries […]
CPAG co-founder Laurian Lungu was a Panel Speaker at the 5th edition of the Foreign Investor Summit organised by Business Review on October 30 – November 1, 2018. The panel discussion topic was “Harnessing Romania’s Growth Future”. Laurian’s talk was centered around the main ideas derived from the “Va Urma” macroeconomic growth project, which he had helped develop together with the Foreign Investors Council (FIC) experts.
CPAG co-founder Laurian was a Panel Speaker at “The Financial Crisis – 10 Years Later” debate, organised by the National Bank of Romania on September 24, 2018.