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.
Romania is a key-market for VIG, the Austrian group taking the commitment to be a long-term investor on the local insurance market, the VIENNA Insurance Group representatives stated on Monday, December 4th, during a press conference.
After the Romanian government has decided to cut the contributions to pillar II to 3.75% (instead of raising to 6% from the actual 5.1% as mentioned in the initial draft bill), people in Romania are now facing a significant risk of suffering a decrease in their future retirement income, PensionsEurope warns.
ATRADIUS - the second largest provider of credit insurance in the world, announced it expanded its international presence with two new locations in Bulgaria and Romania, as a part of the company's global expansion strategy.
AURSF - The Association of Romanian Financial Services Users warns about the consequences of reducing the contributions for the second pension pillar, the action leading to a significant decrease of the pension's value for an extremely high number of participants.