Nine Romanian MTPL insurers and UNSAR, the insurers' association, were fined by the national Competition Council with total fines of approx. EUR 53 million for violation of the national and European competition regulations by coordinating market behavior to increase compulsory MTPL insurance charges.
WATFORD Insurance Company Europe (WATFORD Insurance) officially launched itself in the Romanian insurance market through an event organized on 17 October in Bucharest, with the participation of its partners and collaborators.
Romanian insurers ended 1H2018 with GWP worth RON 5.04 billion (EUR 1.08 billion), a business volume which in fact demonstrates a quasi-stagnant phase. Gross paid claims amounted to RON 2.08 billion (EUR 602.6 million). Out of the 30 active players, Top 10 insurers accounted for about 88% of the market GWP.
FITCH Ratings has affirmed EUROINS Romania Asigurare Reasigurare SA's (EUROINS Romania) Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) rating at 'BB-', and EUROHOLD Bulgaria AD's (EUROHOLD, the group's ultimate holding company) Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at 'B'. The Outlooks are Stable.
Romania will be next beneficiary of an instrument from the World Bank allowing the country's government to enhance its disaster risk financing support - the Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option (Cat DDO). The project is now underway as part of Building Disaster and Climate Resilience Program Project for Romania.
Romanian insurers ended Q1 with GWP worth RON 2.53 billion (EUR 543.2 million), 1.45% less y-o-y. Gross paid claims amounted to RON 1.23 billion (EUR 264 million). Out of the 30 active players, Top 10 insurers accounted for about 89% of the market GWP.
On 28 June the Romanian Government has approved the draft Law on Mutual Insurance Companies, which will be shortly sent to the Parliament for debates and approval.
Starting July 1, 2018, the President of Directorate at position of ASIROM VIG (Romania) will be taken over by Cristian IONESCU. He will replace Mr. Juraj LELKES whose mandate ends on June 30, 2018.
The Romanian insurance market in Romania continued its growth trend in 2017, the local industry totaling RON 9.7 billion (EUR 2.1 billion), 3.5% more than in the previous year.
Among the decisions adopted by the Romanian Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) Board at its meeting on 7 March 2018, the appointment of Cosmin ANGHELUTA for a new mandate as Deputy General Manager of Gothaer Asigurari Reasigurari was also validated.
Starting January 2018, Cristian FUGACIU, CEO of MARSH Romania is heading the global broker's business in the Central Europe, comprising 7 of the 17 insurance markets that form the CSEE Region (Central & South Eastern Europe).
COLONNADE Insurance, part of the Canadian group FAIRFAX Financial Holdings, officially begins its activity in Romania, following AIG's entry into a strategic partnership with COLONNADE Insurance to manage existing policies for AIG Europe Limited's Romanian Branch.
The Romaninan insurance brokers mediated GWP worth RON 4.62 billion (EUR 1.02 billion) during the first nine months of 2017, 1,25% more y-o-y. Non-life premiums totaled RON 4.48 billion, while the value of mediated premiums related to life segment was RON 140.78 million.
The Romanian insurance market continued its growth trend in 3Q 2017, according to the most recent statistics published by ASF. Local insurers reported 3Q GWP of RON 7.32 billion (EUR 1.61 billion), 6% more than in the same period of the previous year.
WATFORD Insurance today announced its intention to establish a branch to launch insurance operations in Romania, focusing mainly on the MTPL and ancillary insurance products sale, but other retail products such as residential property insurance may also be offered.