Brand Romania has a human resources problem.

After the two episodes on financing and distribution, it is now the turn of Brand Romania’s most critical problem: insufficient and, above all, uneducated human resources, especially in state structures.

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I know the first paragraph sounds like an a priori conclusion without demonstration, figures, and sources. Unlike my Ph.D. thesis on “Brand Romania,” where I had to prove everything according to the rules, I allowed myself an opinion based on observations “in the field”. So, I am just passing on a few highlights without claiming to cover all the contributing aspects:
– Examine the CVs of ministers, senior civil servants, board members, directors of state-owned companies and companies, senators and deputies,
– Go to any ANAF counter,
– Try interacting with the ANAF website,
– Highway builders can’t find unskilled labor even for huge salaries,
– Asians deliver food, lay paving stones, cook in restaurant kitchens, etc,
– PUZs for construction remain unapproved in town halls for up to five years,
– Universities, including those in the remotest rural corners of Romania, produce hundreds of thousands of graduates, future unemployed, with the help of an overstretched and overvalued faculty and administrative structures,
– Even though the health budget has apparently doubled, medical services and hospitals still leave much to be desired,
– Unemployment, social, and child benefits are flowing like a torrent,
– The administrative structure of counties, for example, Romania has 42,000 local councilors,
– Some professional categories disappear from the workforce at 48, a maximum 50 years of age, with absolutely astonishing pensions,
– Paradoxically, no state official is personally and materially responsible for errors and damages; only the state, from our taxes,
– Plumbers, bricklayers, tilers, electricians or lawn caretakers, and in general, any kind of tradesmen are almost untraceable,
– The demographic decline is steep,
– Some socio-professional categories, such as accountants, architects, notaries, site managers, plumbers of all kinds, etc., have to demonstrate specific skills through examinations, periodic assessments, and membership in a well-regulated professional body, unlike senior civil servants and politicians where anyone can access any position,
– Those on welfare or unemployment benefits only want to work “on the black” so as not to lose their state benefits,
– “Relationships” and nepotism work like grease in state employment everywhere,
– And the list goes on.