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The first Local Action Group’s authorisation of running has been issued !

For the 2014-2020 period, the LAGs benefit from a total amount of over 563 million Eurofor the development of Romanian micro-regions.

Following the evaluation process, 239  Local Development Strategies have been selected for financing
ORDER no. 877 of  2nd AUGUST 2016 approving  the State Aid Scheme - Support for enterprises regarding investments related to development, modernization or adaptation of forestry infrastructure can be cosnulted on the MARD site. Link here:
     The registry is available on the MARD site. Link here:

The European Commission provides an online, transparent, free and updated service with data on exporting from the EU about import conditions through Market Access Database (MADB) , in order to facilitate the acces of enterprises and diversify business oportunities.
By acccessing!YJ74gq you can find information about applied prices, import formalities, documents etc.

The MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE and RURAL DEVELOPMENT has published the Law Project on  Reorganizing measures of Research-Development system within agriculture, forestry and food industry. Link here:

The Government has approved the Decision approving the „De minimis aid for the purchase of rams/bucks for breeding from specialized breeds by agricultural producers”. More details here:

The FINAL versions of the Apllicant’s Guidelines for  sM 4.2 - GBER and de minimis schemes and sM 4.2a - GBER and de minimis schemes, have been published on the AFRI website.
Link sM 4.2:
Link sM 4.2a:
Starting with the 16th of August and until the 30th of December 2016 takes place the first annual continuous call for projects on GBER and de minimis schemes corresponding to sM 4.2 and GBER and de minimis schemes for sM 4.2a. 
Link here:

Thus, until 30th of December 2016 - 16:00 hrs, the applicants can access over 45,67 million Euro for projects within the financing area of GBER and de minims schemes corresponding to sM 4.2 and 4.2a.

Examples of investments financed under GBER state aid scheme – sM 4.2 include producing ice-cream, pastry or bakery products, chocolate, spices, food supplements, but also beer.

Among the investments financed under GBER State aid scheme – sM. 4.2a are: candied fruits, and fruit beverages.

NOTE! The submission of financing claims corresponding to the de minimis scheme shall be performed only after contracting the GBER State Aid scheme project.
The Applicant’s Guidelines, the consultative version, for submeasure 19.2 "Support for implementation of operations under the community-led local development strategy" can be consulted on MARD site, within Rural Development section, LEADER 2014-2020 sub-section. Link here:
 During 05 – 26 August 2016 the Applicant’s Guidelines for ITI Danube Delta area and the correspnding TAU List, for submeasures 4.1, 4.1a, 4.2, 4.2a, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4 have undergone public consultations.
The list of Q&A corresponding to the Applicant’s Guideline for Measure 1 -  Knowledge transfer and information actions, submeasure 1.1 - Support for vocational training and skills acquisition actions can be consulted on MARD site. Link here:

The exhibit took place between 27th-31st July and marked 150 years of the Argentinian Rural Society’s existence with a high profile fair: over 4500 animal exhibitors, over 500 commercial exhibitors from all the country’s regions, on a surface of 120,000 m2), promotting the achievements of the Argentinian economy – including the latest trends in genetics, equipments and technological developments.

During the visit, the Argentinian hosts presented to the Romanian delegacy various techniques for agriculture, equipments and animals (Hereford, Angus, Braford and Bragus bovines, polo horses, ovines, goats, swines).

Furthermore, the Minister of Agriculture, Achim Irimescu, discussed with the hosts and foreign guests on local production models, animal genetics, public policies regarding sustainable development, in order to improve production and protect the environment.

Also, the Romanian minister had meetings with representatives of the National Agro-livestock Technology of Argentina. The discussions aimed, in most part, the transfer of technology and knwoledge exchange regarding research and technology innovation, with the purpose to improve competitivity and sustainable rural development.


During  18-20 August 2016, the MARD delegation led by Daniel Dumitru Botănoiu, secretary   of state, participated at the conference and opening of the AGRA fair for agriculture and food dedicated to EU member states but also to non-EU states, edition 2016.

The fair took place between 20-25th August and addresses the European market, especiallz consumers in Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Hungary. Within the event were present exhibitors from 13 countries: Austria, Belarus, Egypt, Hungary, Italy, Germany, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia, Switzerland and Slovenia.

MARD participated for the second time to the event, with an information stand regarding the policies and strategies in agriculture and rural development. At the MARD stand were presented dairy products such as: cow cheese, telemea, pressed chesse, smoked and unsomked pressed cheese, kneaded cheeses, “Dalia”pressed chesse, “Rucăr” pressed cheese, Botuș smoked pressed cheese, “Ineul” cheese, “Romano” cheese (sheep milk speciality) but also jams, raspberry, blueberry syrups and also other syrups (firetree buds, pine buds, ribwort, field thyme) bilberry or  fruit brandy.

From the mountain area of Bistrița - Năsăud was exhibited the cake with walnuts and poppy and “Cozonacul Domniței" (with nut). These two pound cakes originate from localities within Suceava county mountain area , such as the communes Poiana Negri, Dorna Cândrenilor, Panaci, Coşna, Ciocăneşti, and also from  Bistrița Năsăud county, Lunca Ilvei commune.

The guests had the chance to taste Romanian wines and examine the folkloric costumes from various areas of Romania, such as Maramureș, Muscel, and a closer look at the traditional crafts of wood carving and egg decoration.

On 6-7 August, in Sâncel commune, Alba county, was held the  Alba Afroda Festival, with the participation of the communes within the  Alba Afroda association and guests from France.
Within the festival were promoted specific traditional recipes, creations of local crafters, on a background of folkloric shows ensured by the ensembles from the particpating communes.


During 10-15 August 2016 was held  the  Haferland Week,  with activities in  Saxone (săsești) villages, such as Fișer, Rupea, Viscri, Roadeș, Criț, Cloașterf, Meșendorf, Saschiz.

The festival aimed at attracting both the Saxones who returned to Romania, as well as the tourists who want to discover a fairyrtale area, and it is the biggest event dedicated to promoting the Saxone culture from Transylvannia. 

The first three editions of the Haferland Week gathered  over 4000 participantes and enjoyed the presence of many personalities of the cultural and social life from Romania and Germany.

Furthermore, the number of activities within the festival’s programme increases from year to year, thus becoming more diverse: from masses in fortified churches to movie projections, Saxone traditional balls and photograph exhibits.

Minister ACHIM IRIMESCU’s meeting with Organisations of Water Users for Irrigation Purposes

Wednesday, 17th of August, at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) headquarters, minister Achim Irimescu, together with the Secretaries of State Daniela Giurcă and Daniel Botănoiu had a meeting with the Organisations of Water Users for Irrigation Purposes (OUAI) and with the president of the Organisations of Water Users for Irrigation Purposes League, Viorel Nica.

The meeting was attended also by the general director of the Financing Agency of Rural Investments - Mr. David Eugen Popescu, the general director of the Managing Authority for the National Rural Development Programme - Mrs. Daniela Rebega, the general director of the National Agency for Land Development - Mr. Florin Ionut Barbu, and MARD experts.

The meeting aimed at establishing the measures necessary to accelerate the absorbtion of European funds available for land development organizations under submeasure 4.3 - irrigation component (support for investments in infrastructure related to development, modernisation or adaptation of agriculture and forestry - irrigation component ) within the National Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.


The Hall of Rășinari Commune and the Sibian Tourism Association, in partnership with the  Mărginimea Sibiului LAG Association, Agri-Tourism Guesthouses Association of Rășinari and Confluențe Europene Rășinari Association  organized during  27 – 28 August 2016, the Festival of  Cheese and Brandy of Rășinari,  which reached its XIII-th  editions.

For two days, the participants could taste traditional products specific to Mărginimea Sibiului: cheese, mutton stew in pot, sloi de oaie (sheep sloi), shepherd bulz (resembling polenta), sheep pastrami, and visited the museums opened during the event: the Ethnographic Museum, the Episcopacy’s Museum, as well as Saint Paraschiva Church.

The Festival of  Cheese and Brandy, part of the Cultural Agenda of Rășinari Hall and of the Sibiu County Council, is organized each year  in order to inform and promote the traditions of Rășinari, recognized also at European level once with the winning of the title „Mărginimea Sibiului - destination of excellence in tourism and local gastronomy” (2015).

Tuesday, 9th of August 2016, at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, minister Achim IRIMESCU presided the debates refering to the current problems in Romanian agricultural research.

Two working meetings were organised; within the first meeting participated the representatives of research resorts and within the second also repesentatives of agricultural producers and of the Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences "Gheorghe Ionescu - Siseşti.

Minister Irimescu went through the main problems faced by the agricultural research, such as: lack of research orientation towards efficiency of agricultural and livestock activities, restricted access of research-development units to programme competitions and research projects, insufficient funds to pay the hired staff, the specialists’ lack of motivation to continue research, discouragement of young people to work in research and lack of extension activities. 

Also, minister Achim Irimescu presented to the participants solutions for recovery of the sector, comprised in a project of law, such as follows: rethinking of research-development in agriculture, efficiency of activities and capitalization of theresearch-development-innovation, ensuring access to new financing sources, setting-up a national managing agency of agricultural research-development under MARD, auditing the situation of each research-deveopment resort/ branch institute.


On minister Achim Irimescu’s invitation, during 21 - 24 august 2016, the minister of agriculture of the Hasemit Kingdom of Jordan, dr. Rida A. Shibli, visited Romania together with the General Secretary for livestock resources from Jordan, dr. Munther Al Refai.

Within the Jordan delegation participated also His Excellency- Mr. Saker Malkawi, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Romania.

The Jordan officials, together with the Romanian delegation led by minister Achim Irimescu, visited some ovine farms from Tulcea and Constanța, in Saraiu, Baia, Corbu and Viişoara localities.

During the visit, the minister of Agriculture, Achim Irimescu declared: „Within ovine breeding, at meat and dairy breeds, Romania had a good evolution in the last years and can ensure the amounts requested by Arab countries. I wish we succeed to bring more to export, which constitutes one of the objectives as minister - opening new markets.

This is why, we hope once with the visit of the minister of agriculture of the Hasemit kingdom of Jordan we can connect directly the producers and importers, and thus succeeding in increasing the efficiency from the producer’s point of view.”

More information can be found here:

On minister Achim Irimescu’s invitation, during 23-27 August 2016, the Kuwait minister of Public Works, Agriculture and Relations with Parliament dr. Ali Saleh Al Omair together with a delegation, visited  Romania.

The visit of the Kuwait delegation aimed to prospect and gather information regarding the Romanian agricultural sector and on opportunities of existing investments.

From the previous discussions and meetings resulted the interest of the Kuwait firms regarding the Romanian business environment, within the context of existing relations between the two countries and regarding fture development of commercial relations with agri-food products, especially to increase the export of Romanian products toward Kuwait.

More information can be found here

The Intercultural Association of Traditions, through its founder - Peter Hurley, organized this year the seventh  edition of the Long Road to the Merry Cemetery (Drumul Lung spre Cimitirul Vesel), during 14th - 21st of August 2016.
The Festival aims at promoting and supporting the Romanian villages - keepers of traditions, considered living treasures.

The Maramures villages also understood the importance of the festival and participated, each presenting its local specificity, opening a path of communication between rural and urban Romania, in order to send a national message of solidarity on behalf of the 12,000 Romanian villages.

This year’s edition comprised 4 types of events: Festival of the Villages, Moș Pupăză Summer School, concerts - Up on Bradova (Sus pe Bradova) and Gathering of the Villages - at  Săpânța.
Festival of the villages 
All 63 villages of  Maramures Country participated in the festival, each with a micro-event (no microphone, no station sound) - promoting truely authentic events about people, customs and village life (music and songs, a visit by cart to a sheepfold, a recital at the church, a visit to a crafter etc).

'Moș Pupăză' Summer School

During 14th-21st august 2016 within an educational project of sending and valuing ancient traditions, of exploring daily life aspects within the traditional village were held seminars, conferences and workshops to put in practice the living traditions – wood, weaving, music, dance, work within a peasant household.

As an hommage, the Summer school was named after Moș Pupăză - master of wood craving, as he has been a representative of traditional crafts, and most of all of traditional arts.

Up on Bradova

Within a natural colisseum, Up on Bradova - in Bârsana, took place 4  concerts, in a fabulous landscape, on the freshly mowned grass, under a full moon!

Gathering of the villages at Săpânța

On the last day of the festival, 21st of August, all 63 villages from Țara Maramureșului (Maramures Country) were invited at Săpânța. The party spaned on all the alleys surrounding the Merry Cemetery – a place from where folk art sends a powerful philosophy about life and death.

Peter Hurley, organizer of the festival and founder of the Intercultural Association of Traditions, shared with us some impressions about this year’s edition of the Long Road to the Merry Cemetery, that we present to you:
The edition from 2016 was inspired by a funeral. On 3rd January 2016, at the age of 81, Petru Godja, nicknamed “Mos Pupaza” (“Oldman Pupaza”) passed away.

I was there at his funeral in the village of Valea Stejarului (“The Valley of the Oaks”),with his family and friends. It was clear that a legendary character had passed away. His heart and workshop had always been open for anyone who came by. His death  ended of an era; something from Europe’s last rural civilisation was evaporating in front of our eyes.

Only clearly focused and coherent actions could possibly contribute to saving the situation. It was clear that we needed to be doing more to have any chance to prevent the oblivion of crafts, to succeed.
Succeed? How, doing what?

Well, for example, building a bridge, a connection.Or more. A bridge between urban dwellers and villagers,Romanians and foreigners. And maybe, most importantly of all, a bridge in every village, between the young and the old. The purpose? To transfer time, energy, friendship and joy. The motivation: after people fall in love with the living European village, creative minds recharge and will start to fight for it [the village].

Seven months later, on 1st of August, we made the first step and launched the festival map, online and printed in 12.000 copies – 10.000 Romanian and 2.000 English.
The map was the guide to an 8-day odyssey with 4 components under a single name: “United Villages of Maramures”. 

At the “Mos Pupaza Summer School” in Valea Stejarului, people were talking about a re-birth of the village, hosting over 80 visiting participants from Romania, Ireland, Germany, Ukraine, Spain, Scotland, England and Poland - who brought the village to life.

The workshop of Mos Pupaza was filled every day by the sound of mallets and chisels. In the village of Sapanta, the workshop of Maria Zapca was thronged every day, and not by confused walk-about tourists, but serious focused participants who came every day to work on their wool and jewelry creations. They all promised to return next year with all their friends.

Young and old musicians played together with city-folk and foreigners, even from the early hours of the morning.

“The Concerts Up on Bradova” gathered 4.000 people over 4 nights. At the “Subcarpati  under full moon”, over 1500 people came up the hill. The full moon rose exactly when and where promised and rose steadily in a cloudless sky (rain was forecast every day, and it never rained once.)

On the last day in Sapanta village, the streets were closed to traffic and a street party had taken over the centre in an explosion of joy, within a round dance surrounding the Merry Cemetery.

The key word was: “Joy!” Everyone felt it. The line between performer and spectator evaporated. Everyone became a star. The exchange of energy was infectious, loved by press and social media.

“The United Villages of Maramures” - a charming wordplay which attracted everyone; 4 leading commercial television channels dedicated 3-5 minute reports within their main news bulletins, about a summer in which everyone fell in love with (and in) Maramures.

And now that it’s over, how do we perceive it?
A concept has been forged. Now, it only matters how it will be taken further. If “United Villages of Maramures” is to have relevance (not just impact), it might become “United Villages of the Carpathians”. Thus, it’s time to look for partners who want to build bridges.
Peter Hurley can be contacted on e-mail: 
2-4 September 2016:
National Rural Tourism Fair 2016, at Albac
9-11 September 2016:
 25 September 2016:
Festival of ȚURCANA sheep breeders – at Costești, Orăștioara de Sus commune, Hunedoara county


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Cristina COMAN (
Simona GÎDEA (
Nancy SAMARGIU ( ) – English version
Beatrice ZAHARESCU ( ) – English version
Cristina SAVU ( ) – English version
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