The Government of Romania approved the introduction of new support measures for the training and employment of persons receiving a guaranteed minimum income, as well as young people

15.09.2021 The Government of Romania has approved the Emergency Ordinance amending and supplementing Law no. 416/2001 regarding the guaranteed minimum income and Law no. 76/2002.

The main amendments to Law no. 416/2001:

- Maintenance of social assistance, for another 6 months from the moment of employment, if the beneficiary commits for a period of at least 24 months. If the employment contract of a beneficiary ends, at the initiative of the employer, in less than 24 months, the amounts granted as social assistance will not be recovered. On the other hand, if the employment relationship ceases for reasons attributable to the employee, the amounts granted as social assistance will be recovered for the entire period.

- The possibility for the beneficiaries of social assistance to follow “Second Chance” type courses, at the recommendation of the county employment agency. Refusal to participate will lead to end of social assistance and a ban on applying for a new right for a period of 12 months, as in the case of refusal of employment.

- Introduce the obligation to present social workers eligible for social assistance to employment agencies, for the application of employment incentives, every 6 months or whenever required. Failure to appear at the employment agency will be treated as a refusal of employment and will lead to termination of social assistance and the possibility of submitting a new application after a period of 12 months. This obligation also existed previously, until 2016, and was reintroduced to maintain the link between employment services and social assistance beneficiaries.

- Settlement of transport for able-bodied persons from families receiving social assistance who follow the courses of the "Second Chance" program, at a distance of more than 5 km from the home.

Regarding Law no. 76/2002, the main amendment brought to it by the emergency ordinance consists in the fact that the age group for which the measures for young NEETs are applied has been extended, from 16-25 years old, as it is now, to 16-30 years old .

Approximately 2,000 young NEETs will benefit this year from measures financed from the unemployment insurance budget, the financial impact being estimated at 5,625,000 lei.


National Strategy for Employment 2021-2027 and Action Plan for the implementation of the Strategy, approved by the Romanian Government

19.05.2021 The Romanian Government has adopted the National Strategy for Employment 2021-2027 and the Action Plan for the period 2021 - 2027 for the implementation of this strategy.

The measures included in the Strategy aim at an employment rate of 75% for people aged 20-64, by the end of 2027. In this regard, the emphasis will be on social innovation, meaning new models of public and private services, developed including through partnerships.

The necessary financing for the fulfillment of the measures provided in the Strategy will be made by each institution responsible for the implementation of the plan related to it, from the funds approved annually in their budget, but also by accessing non-reimbursable external funds.


The National Strategy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the period 2021-2027 has been developed (Romania)

12.04.2021 This document is one of the main results of the project "Strengthening the mechanism for coordinating the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities", carried out with technical assistance from the World Bank and which will take place between 25.01.2019 - 25.11.2021.

The general objective of the project was to make functional "the mechanism for coordinating the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities", ratified by Romania by Law no. 221/2010, with subsequent amendments and completions.

The priority areas assumed by Romania through this Strategy are the following: Accessibility and mobility; Effective protection of the rights of persons with disabilities; Occupation; Social protection including empowerment / rehabilitation; Independent living and community integration, including access to public services; Education; Health; Political and public participation.


The first Diagnosis of the situation of persons with Disabilities in Romania

09.03.2021 The National Authority for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Children and Adoptions (ANDPDCA) carried out, with the support of the World Bank, the first Diagnosis of the situation of persons with Disabilities in Romania.

At the end of the largest effort of data collection, research and analysis made in Romania in the field of disability, ANDPDCA is able to make public complete information on the situation of people with disabilities, both from the perspective of the legal framework and public policies.

The complete diagnosis can be consulted here: