Official presentation of CEPW – European Center for Premium Winter Wheat

On February 23, 2010 was held in Constanta, Romania official presentation of the European Center for Premium Winter Wheat. Along with famous actors of Constanta regional market, Mr. Mihai Berca, Professor and PhD and Mr. Ernst Grosslerher have brought to the attention of all those present some details on Premium varieties and modern farming techniques. Premium wheat varieties are grown in countries that stretch along the Danube and beyond, as it can be seen in the map above. A noteworthy detail is that Probstdorfer varieties are varieties developed in the Pannonian Plain in conditions similar to those in Romania. They hold in their genomes over 80% genoplasma Bezostoia, variety which was inexplicably abandoned in Romania. Mr. Grosslerher has mentioned that Romania presents a huge agricultural potential, only if we judge in light of the fact that his home country, Austria, where drought conditions are much harsher than those in Romania, productions...
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Mr. Mihai Berca, Professor and PhD, is one of Romania’s great people.

~ Author: Dana Bucur ~ His professional, scientific, teaching and research activity has long ago exceeded the borders of this country.  He took his doctoral degree in agricultural sciences in 1972, being the youngest PhD holder in Romania. He attended specialty courses in Germany, Austria, France and in 1991 he was awarded the  “Romanian Academy Laureate” title for his work “Efectele reziduale ale erbicidelor ” (Herbicide Residual Effects) published in 1986. In November 2006 he got the award “Petru S. Aurelian” for his book “Teorie si practica in biotehnologii genetice” (Theory and Practice in Genetic Biotechnologies) granted by the Academy of Romanian Scientists. In March 2008 the Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences “Gheorghe Ionescu-Sisesti” awarded the decoration “Meritul Academic” (Academic Merit) to PhD Professor Mihai Berca for his scientific activity and for promoting the technical progress in the rural environment. PhD Professor Mihai Berca is an associate to the following professional organizations: • President of the National Society for Plant Protection • President of the Romanian Society for Weed...
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TRANS-EUROPA – AN AUTHENTIC PARTNER, LEADER IN ROMANIA

~ Author: Dana Bucur ~ From acquiring the self propelled vessels for transporting cereals, fertilizers etc on the Danube River, up to conditioning and storage facilities, TRANS EUROPA Group (http://www.teu-group.ro) clearly distinguishes itself from other companies through the quality of its services being on the first place in the 2009 Top of Galatz Small and Middle Sized Companies. Under the same aegis of management three business units work together: •    TRANS EUROPA PORT S.A. Galatz •   AGROPORT S.A. •   TRANS EUROPA S.A. These three companies are strategically placed in the East and South-West of Romania covering one of the most important Romanian business areas, area bordered by the Danube River, from Galatz to Braila (East of Romania) and up to Drobeta Turnu Severin (South-West of Romania), thus, the agricultural producers, inputs suppliers etc, can dispose of the hole range of commercial and port services. Hereafter, a short presentation of the three companies: TRANS EUROPA PORT S.A. Galatz, founded in 1996, with branches in Galatz, Braila and Drobeta...
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Greece – the sick country of EU

A very interesting article written by Mr Ionut Popescu for the published edition of Capital. Below a short translation. 'So, after the Greek experience, some people’s willingness that Romania should get faster into the euro area by relaxing the required conditions, has proven to be just a dream. Since the introduction of the euro, no country has had problems as big as Greece currently has. It circulated scenarios unimaginable a year or two ago: Greece to come out of the euro area, incapacity to pay and alike. Something like this is unlikely to happen. The Greeks seem to have bet wrong: they thought that the fraternal countries of Europe, which through their veins ‘flows’ euro also, will jump immediately to help them stay calm on the beach. European finance ministers have given the Greeks a short answer: do not even think! You must solve yourselves the problems. But in what situation is Greece? The budget deficit rose last year to 12.7% of...
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“Eastern Europe” Wrongly labelled

Jan 7th 2010 From The Economist print edition The economic downturn has made it harder to speak sensibly of a region called “eastern Europe” IT WAS never a very coherent idea and it is becoming a damaging one. “Eastern Europe” is a geographical oddity that includes the Czech Republic (in the middle of the continent) but not Greece or Cyprus (supposedly “western” Europe but in the far south-east). It makes little sense historically either: it includes countries (like Ukraine) that were under the heel of the Soviet empire for decades and those (Albania, say) that only brushed it. Some of those countries had harsh planned economies; others had their own version of “goulash communism” (Hungary) or “self-managed socialism” (Yugoslavia). Already unreliable in 1989, the label has stretched to meaninglessness as those countries’ fortunes have diverged since the collapse of communism. The nearly 30 states that once, either under their own names or as part of somewhere else, bore the label “communist” now have more...
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A Lost European Culture, Pulled From Obscurity

Before the glory that was Greece and Rome, even before the first cities of Mesopotamia or temples along the Nile, there lived in the Lower Danube Valley and the Balkan foothills people who were ahead of their time in art, technology and long-distance trade. For 1,500 years, starting earlier than 5000 B.C., they farmed and built sizable towns, a few with as many as 2,000 dwellings. They mastered large-scale copper smelting, the new technology of the age. Their graves held an impressive array of exquisite headdresses and necklaces and, in one cemetery, the earliest major assemblage of gold artifacts to be found anywhere in the world. The striking designs of their pottery speak of the refinement of the culture’s visual language. Until recent discoveries, the most intriguing artifacts were the ubiquitous terracotta “goddess” figurines, originally interpreted as evidence of the spiritual and political power of women in society. New research, archaeologists and historians say, has broadened understanding of this long overlooked culture, which...
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Romanian is surprise choice to be new EU agriculture commissioner

Proposed appointment hailed by Scots farm industry and politicians By Joe Watson Published: 28/11/2009 Magazine: The Press and Journal - UK A Romanian has been proposed as Europe’s new agriculture commissioner. Dacian Ciolos will create history if the European Parliament confirms him in post as he will not only be the youngest commissioner ever appointed to Europe’s top agricultural job, but also the first eastern European. Mr Ciolos, 40, is Romania’s former agriculture minister. He was the first to declare his candidacy when it was announced in September that current incumbent Mariann Fischer Boel would be standing down. Mr Ciolos has been proposed by European Union president José Manuel Barroso. The appointment has surprised many as Mr Ciolos was not viewed as a big hitter in EU circles. Mr Barroso’s army of other touted commissioners include former French agriculture minister Michel Barnier who could take charge of internal market and service issues. Farmers will be pleased to see the likely departure of Androulla Vassiliou, a Cypriot, as health...
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