People who receive social benefits in Romania might no longer get money from the state if they refuse a job
According to a
report made public by the National Bank, at the end of last year in Romania some
4 million people aged 15 to 64 did not have a job, were not looking for one and
were not self employed. Also, according to the same data, only 10% of the inactive
population would be available for work, but they however are not looking for a
job. Moreover, in the past six years, the inflow of people starting or resuming
work, out of the total inactive population, has been practically nonexistent.
The total amount that the state earmarked for social benefits in December 2017
stood at some 13 million Euros, accounting for an average 60 Euro per person.
Things, however, seem to be changing. People benefiting from social welfare
might no longer get money from the state if they refuse a job or a professional
training course. The law that changed the regulations regarding the minimum
guaranteed income has been promulgated by president Klaus Iohannis. In
parliament, the bill was supported by all parties, and the initiators said the
purpose was to encourage work and render beneficiaries more socially
Here is the deputy Stefan Baisanu, a member of the Alliance of
Liberals and Democrats:
time each citizen in Romania received incomes according to the work they carry
out. This law is not about those who are indeed people with special needs, who
must be helped, but for those who can work and must therefore be sent to work.
Seasonal work is another solution, when there is need for such work in construction
According to the
new provisions, in exchange for the amounts granted as social benefits, one or
several people of age, capable of working, depending on the quantum of social
benefits in the beneficiary family, must carry out every month, at the mayor's
request, works that are of use at local level. This without exceeding the
normal working hours and by observing the occupational health and safety rules.
If it is proven that the family or a member of the family has obtained incomes
from other sources, which have not been officially declared, the right to
benefit from state welfare ceases.
The law also establishes the mayors'
obligations. They must draw up an activity plan on the basis of the requests
received from the companies that need labour force and operate in the
respective area. If the mayor does not do that, they run the risk of receiving
fines ranging from 200 to 1090 Euros. According to the law, families and people
with no family, who are Romanian citizens, are entitled to a minimum guaranteed
income, in the form of social benefits, granted by the Romanian state on a
monthly basis to those who have very small or no incomes at all. In December
2017, some 250,000 people were benefiting from this type or social benefits.