61,092 construction authorizations for residential buildings with one or several households were issued last year, 7.9% more as compared to the previous year, Romania's National Statistics Institute reports. Even if there were fewer authorizations in 2007 (56,618), the number was up 10.6% as compared to 2006.

In 2008, the highest increase was registered in the North East area with + 1,398 authorizations while in the West the evolution was negative with -698 authorizations.