According to preliminary data from the Statistical Office of the European Union, in 2014, Romania, alongside Bulgaria and Croatia, had the lowest GDP per capita in the European Union. These countries also had the lowest actual individual consumption per capita, expressed as purchase power parity. In 2014, the actual individual consumption per capita in the European Union, expressed as purchase power standard (PPS), varied from 49% to 140% of the EU28 average. In Romania, the actual individual consumption was 55% of the EU28 average in 2014. Romania’s GDP per capita in 2014 was 54% of the EU28 average and continues to rank second to last, above Bulgaria, where the GDP per capita, expressed as PPS was 45% of the European Union average.

What is the Commission’s opinion regarding the actual individual consumption per capita, and what are the solutions for its increase?