The American Chamber of Commerce in Romania – AmCham Romania, on behalf of the business community it represents – over 430 American, international and Romanian companies – rejects the tendentious accusations publicly addressed to multinational companies and their employees.
“For over 25 years, AmCham Romania has represented in the private-public dialogue both large and small, entrepreneurial companies, that have contributed to the development of the Romanian economy through their accumulated investments of over USD 22 billion and over 250.000 jobs created in our country,” the statement reads.
AmCham also writes: “The private sector, through efficient investments and the added value they generate including at the level of the human capital development has placed Romania on the global investments map and is the largest contributor to the state budget, while also supporting through charity broad societal needs.”
The organisation calls for responsibility both in statements and actions of decision-makers and public officials, as well as stopping the discrimination of Romanians based on their employer.
“Such speculations set a dangerous precedent for the Romanian democracy, sending intimidating signals towards social movements and the private sector, negatively impacting the business climate and Romania’s overall external image, which in turn affects the reliance of Romania’s external partners on the country’s capacity to perform regional roles, such as the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019,” AmCham stated.
The statement continues: “As we have pointed on past occasions, such practices diminish the confidence in the Romanian investment climate and feeds the emigration phenomenon, already taking a toll on the labor market, while also deflecting the public scrutiny from Romania’s real, present and future priorities and vulnerabilities.”
AmCham Romania also points out the potential abuses in the state-large taxpayers’ relation that such stands of the decision makers could lead to. They also reaffirm that citizens’ freedom of speech is a right gained at a high price by previous generations, and which, in a European state that is also a member of NATO, should be guaranteed by law and protected by authorities, and by no means censured or reprimanded.