Peasant protection and its traditions are very important in green tourism
Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş received, during his visit to Brussels, a letter signed and supported by our association with 26 other associations, in which I asked them in a voice to intervene in the issue of land grabbing by foreigners and Initiate the change of the legislation in the field for the protection of the peasant, his work object and the Romanian traditions, the basic resources in sustainable, responsible and sustainable tourism, in a green word.
In the document we show that Romania is the only European country in which the authorities did not take legislative measures to protect agricultural lands by imposing restrictions on the purchase of land by foreigners after joining the European Union.
We argue that this can lead to the disappearance of the Romanian peasant and to traditional agriculture, unless immediate action is taken.
We have tried, through our message together, to all be the bearers of the message of our grandparents and our parents, who now have no power to defend their lands and abandon one-by-one their millenary purpose and purpose, selling their land and becoming Viewers of a foreign and invasive lifestyle, with extremely serious consequences in the long run.
On their behalf, I asked the Ro Prime Minister to address the issue of land grabbing by foreigners as a matter of urgency and to initiate the change of legislation in the field, Romania being the only European country in which the authorities did not take legislative measures to protect agricultural land, To impose restrictions on the purchase of land by foreigners after joining the European Union, so as not to assume the disappearance as an entity of the Romanian peasant and the traditional Romanian agriculture.
According to a study conducted last year by the Transnational Institute for the European Parliament, we find that there is no official statistical information on the number of foreigners who own agricultural land in Romania, but according to data from various sources, 10% of the agricultural area is owned by non-EU investors, and up to 30% is in the possession of EU investors. This area is home to several hundred thousand hectares of forests owned by foreigners both in the Carpathians and other areas. Compared to other countries in the former socialist camp and Baltic countries, in Slovakia foreign citizens hold 1%, in the Czech Republic 2.1%, Lithuania in 0.5% of the total, in Latvia 2%. According to the above-mentioned study, land acquisitions in the EU are concentrated in Eastern European member states, Romania being the first target of investors.
We have drawn attention to a paradox in which our country, although having the most fertile agricultural land, has come to import most of the food. Selling land to foreign citizens or foreign companies can have a long-term impact in both the economic and social spheres.
Allowing the sale of land to foreign citizens or foreign companies, in addition to the fact that it does not protect the national interest neither from economic activity nor from the exploitation of natural resources, is a violation of Art. 135, para. 2 of the Romanian Constitution stipulating: “The state must ensure the protection of the fair competition and the creation of a favorable framework for capitalizing on all the factors of production, respectively the protection of the national interests in the economic activity and the exploitation of the natural resources in accordance with the national interest”.
Through the letter all we asked the Prime Minister to take urgent measures to strictly regulate land transactions that would have the effect of supporting Romanian farmers and small households and protecting the national interest.
We have the aim to improve untill change the conservatory way of producing and consuming tourism services in Romania especialy in sensitive areas more then protected areas, including sensitive urban areas and tourism adaptation to climate changes and reducing tourism GHG.
We are developing the Green economy in tourism PGL System, 1-5 Accorn Certification for the Environmental protection in the processes of economic development of tourism, Eco-psychology or Green psychology for sustainable personal development, GreenTourismBike for promoting bicycle in tourism services, performs art-therapy humanitarian workshops – GreenArts Therapy, make education true Arts for Sustainability –EducArtS including developing youth education true GreenAmphiteathre universitary project.