Data from greenfield investment monitor fDi Markets shows that there has been a steady decline of FDI projects (excluding those in the retail sector) from France-based companies investing in Romania between 2011 and 2013. The number of investment projects has decreased during the period, falling 50% between 2011 and 2012 and a further 41.66% between 2012 and 2013. In terms of inward capital investment jobs created, 2012 saw a temporary increase compared with 2011 (26.53% and 81.15%, respectively), but both figures dropped in 2013 by 85.75 and 75.04%, respectively.

Between 2011 and 2013, Bucharest was the leading destination city for inward investment from France. But, inline with the country as a whole, it experienced a steady decline of inward FDI over the two-year period, with the number of investment projects dropping by 71.43%. 


In 2014, it seemed as if a recovery was in progress with an increase in project numbers of 42.86%, compared with the previous year. However, there were no such projects recorded in the first quarter of 2015, suggesting that there will be another decrease in investment recorded in the year.