These are the main messages of the meeting that Premier Victor Ponta had with a UniCredit Group delegation led by UniCredit CEO Federico Ghizzoni. Informational Society Minister Sorin Grindeanu was also present at the meeting.
The leadership of the Italian banking consortium is in Romania on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the UniCredit IT Centre and of the decision to continue to develop it by raising the number of employees by 20 per cent. The centre currently has approximately 1,400 employees.
UniCredit representatives expressed the Italian banking consortium’s openness to financing the development of IT&C industry entrepreneurship and of tertiary IT education. UniCredit is willing to get directly involved in developing the Romanian IT universities’ capabilities based on a “supply-demand” relationship in which the banking system represents the client and the tertiary education system represents the offerer.
The leadership of the Italian consortium stated in this context that the stipulations included in the draft Fiscal Code make Romania an attractive destination for big investors. The meeting also occasioned a review of the financial-banking and economic outlook in the Euro Zone, as well as in Central and Eastern Europe.
UniCredit, the biggest Italian bank assets-wise, is present in Romania through the UniCredit Tiriac Group which includes UniCredit Tiriac Bank SA and its subsidiaries UniCredit Consumer Financing IFN SA, UniCredit Leasing Corporation IFN SA and UniCredit Insurance Broker SRL.
UniCredit Tiriac is on 6th place in the Romanian banking system from the standpoint of assets, having a market share of 7.17 per cent. Its assets totalled RON 28.7 bln (EUR 6.4 bln) on 31 December 2014, up by 4.5 per cent year-on-year.
In December 2014, UniCredit Tiriac Bank had 184 branches, while the number of UniCredit Tiriac Group employees reached 3,357. (Source: nineoclock.ro)