A transnational partnership

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 has been signed a transnational partnership between Business Development Association (ADA) by Mrs. Otilia Manta, President of ADA and the European Microfinance Network (EMN) by Mr. Jorge Ramirez Puerto, General Manager EMN.

This partnership takes place within the "Microcredit, fundamental component of entrepreneurship in rural areas" (ID 135486), Investing in People !, project implemented by ADA and its partners Association Regional Institute for Integrated Micro - AIMIR (P1) and the National Federation of Groups Local Action - FNGAL (P2).

Mrs. Otilia Manta, ADA President stressed the importance of this partnership: "This is an excellent opportunity to learn and benefit directly from successful experiences in microfinance belonging EMN. Also, aim the identification and attraction of best practice in this area that can be further adapted for Romania"




Final exams for the trainees within the project “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” (ID 54620)

On Thursday, 24th January 2013 in Eselnita, Mehedinti County, took place the final exam for two groups of trainees within the training for Waiters. The trainings for guest house manager and cook ended with final examinations on 28th January 2013 at Steaua Dunarii guest house in Eselnita, all the trainees – waiters, guest house managers, cooks – graduated. Also, on Monday 28th January 2013 at Silva Hotel in Sinaia took place the examination for cooks in Prahova County.

The trainings are part of a large program for professional training unfolded within the project “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” ID 54620. The training for cooks was attended by 18 participants frum rural area in Prahova County, South Muntenia Region.

The training unfolded in the period 17th September 2012-28th January 2013 and implied 720 hours: 240 hours of theory training and 480 hours of practical activities unfolded within several guest houses in Sinaia. The curricula include topics such as trade technology, workplace organization and planning, health and safety, workplace communication and teamwork etc.

All the 18 participants passed the final examination which consisted of a specialized multiple-choice test and a practical test where they had to prepare 2 dishes.

On 25th January 2013 at Miruna guest house in Periprava, Tulcea took place the final exams for waiter and guest house manager.

With these exams, on 24th, 25th and 28th January, unfolded in localities from the three areas where the project was implemented, the activity for development and implementation of human resources programs is concluded within the project “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” ID 54620 implemented by Asociaţia de Dezvoltare în Afaceri (ADA) – as beneficiary in the regions South West, South Muntenia, South East and co financed by the European Social Fund through Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

Totally, the project aims to qualify 170 persons: 35 for Guest house manager, 35 for cook, 47 for waiter and 53 for maid in the mentioned regions. The trainings are unfolding in partnership with SC RGIC CONSULTANTA SRL as authorized trainer.

The main objective of the project is to increase competences and skills for people from rural areas by speeding access to integrated programs for professional training in non agricultural occupations requested on the labor market.

The project provides two categories of trainings: training courses for managers and employees in the tourism area - activity that ended in January 2012 with 370 beneficiaries- and training courses for unemployed people seeking work or persons engaged in subsistence agriculture rural areas for the occupations boarding house manager, maid, waiter and cook, that ended in January 2013.

According to Mrs. Otilia Manta, Project manager, “the integration of the unemployed through counseling and training represented a major objective of the project. For the unemployed trainees we went further, after their graduation in order to provide them place them on the labor market. For the trainees in guest house manager training, the project offered counseling and support in order to start a business in the rural area. We encourage the young people to take this step and to benefit from the financing opportunities through the European programs, starting from a small business that will further develop. For example, the transformation of the parental household into a guest house or developing a small business starting from the local crafts and traditional occupations. It is not an easy step but we are here to support, counsel and inform them regarding the financing opportunities.”


Local and regional partnerships: a chance for rural development in the Danube Delta area

On Friday, 23rd November 2012 at Miruna boarding house in Periprava, Tulcea, it took place the workshop “Importance of local and regional partnerships in the sustainable development of rural areas” organized by Asociaţia de Dezvoltare în Afaceri (ADA) within the project “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” ID 54620, co financed by the European Social Fund through Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

The event was attended by partners involved in the project, representatives of local authorities, owners of guest houses and trainees from the trainings unfolded within the project in South East region. Within the workshop, the role of local and regional partnerships was highlighted and the stress was put on the benefits of this type of collaboration and their contribution to the project’s objectives.

The partnerships contribute to the development of a multiregional network of centers for the coordination of human resources services in rural area as well as providing sustainability of the results. Also, the important role of the partnerships already signed was highlighted and the role they have in the development of Danube Delta area, a key area for the development of national tourism.

The project that will end in January 2013 intends to organize trainings for 540 people from rural areas in the regions South East, South Muntenia and South West. The trainees, selected from a target group of 1500 people, are employed in the rural tourism field, as well as unemployed or people seeking a job or involved in the subsistence agriculture that intend to practice in rural tourism. The trainings are organized for 4 occupations: guest house manager, cook, waiter and maid. In Tulcea all the trainings for employees ended as well as the training for maid for unemployed people and in January, the rest al the trainings will also conclude in this region.

Mrs. Otilia Manta, Project manager, highlighted the importance of partnerships for the success of the project, through their quality and amplitude al local and regional level: “The development of viable partnerships on long term and good communication and collaboration between partners are key factors in the success of a large project such as ours. Thus, partnerships with local authorities, local education institutions with employers, non-governmental and cultural organizations and private actors directly involved in rural tourism activities are relevant both in their number and, especially, by the quality of the partners.”


18 qualified trainees for Maid in Tulcea County within the project “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!”

The training for maids from Tulcea concluded with the final examination on Friday 23rd November 2012 at Miruna guest house in Periprava. The training is part of a large program for professional training unfolded within the project “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” ID 54620.

The training unfolded in the period 17th September 2012-16th November 2012 and implied 360 hours: 120 hours of theory training and 240 hours of practical activities unfolded within several guest houses in Periprava. The curricula include topics such as trade technology, workplace organization and planning, health and safety, workplace communication and teamwork etc.

All the 18 participants passed the final examination which consisted of a specialized multiple-choice test and a practical test.

The project “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” ID 54620 is implemented by Asociaţia de Dezvoltare în Afaceri (ADA) as beneficiary in the regions South West, South Muntenia, South-East and is co financed by the European Social Fund through Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

Totally, the project aims to qualify 170 persons: 35 for Guest house manager, 35 for cook, 47 for waiter and 53 for maid in the mentioned regions. The trainings are unfolding in partnership with SC RGIC CONSULTANTA SRL as authorized trainer.

The main objective of the project is to increase competences and skills for people from rural areas by speeding access to integrated programs for professional training in non agricultural occupations requested on the labor market.

The project provides two categories of trainings: training courses for managers and employees in the tourism area - activity that ended in January 2012 with 370 beneficiaries- and training courses for unemployed people seeking work or persons engaged in subsistence agriculture rural areas for the occupations boarding house manager, maid, waiter and cook, that will be completed in January 2013.


The training for Maids concluded in Mehedinti County within the Project “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!”

The training for maids from Mehedinti concluded with the final examination on 20th November 2012 at Steaua Dunarii guest house in Eselnita. The training is part of a large program for professional training unfolded within the project “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” ID 54620.

The training was attended by 17 trainees in the period 17th September 2012-16th November 2012 and implied 360 hours: 120 hours of theory training and 240 hours of practical activities unfolded within several guest houses in Eselnita.

The curricula include topics such as trade technology, workplace organization and planning, health and safety, workplace communication and teamwork etc.

The project “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” ID 54620 is implemented by Asociaţia de Dezvoltare în Afaceri (ADA) as beneficiary in the regions South West, South Muntenia, South-East and is co financed by the European Social Fund through Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

Totally, the project aims to qualify 170 persons: 35 for Guest house manager, 35 for cook, 47 for waiter and 53 for maid in the mentioned regions. The trainings are unfolding in partnership with SC RGIC CONSULTANTA SRL as authorized trainer.

The main objective of the project is to increase competences and skills for people from rural areas by speeding access to integrated programs for professional training in non agricultural occupations requested on the labor market.

The project provides two categories of trainings: training courses for managers and employees in the tourism area - activity that ended in January 2012 with 370 beneficiaries- and training courses for unemployed people seeking work or persons engaged in subsistence agriculture rural areas for the occupations boarding house manager, maid, waiter and cook, that will be completed in January 2013.


The contribution of local and regional partnerships to the human resources development in rural tourism in the South-West region

Friday, 17 August 2012, at Hotel Tropical in Drobeta Turnu Severin, took place the workshop The importance of local and regional partnerships in the sustainable development of rural areas. The event was organized by ANTREC Mehedinţi – as partner – and the Association for Business Development (ADA) – as beneficiary of the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), co-financed from European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

The workshop was attended by the partners in the project, local authorities, non-government organizations representatives and academics from South-West region, as well as local rural tourism operators: owners of hostels and guesthouses.

The main theme addressed during the workshop was the strategic partnerships that ANTREC Mehedinţi , as regional project coordinator, can conclude with city halls, county councils, agencies for labor force employment, tourism agencies, employers associations and NGOs etc relevant for the project’s objectives. These partnerships contribute to reaching another of the project’s aims: developing a multi-regional network of local centers for human resources development services in rural areas. For South-West region, the Regional Coordinating Center is located in Bahna, Mehedinţi Couny.

The workshop is part of a series of activities developed within the project, whose mainly objective is the development of human resources for the rural tourism. Through this project, which will be implemented until 2013, there will be organized trainings and courses for 540 people from rural areas in the regions South-East, South-Muntenia and South-West, selected from a 1500 people target group. The beneficiaries are both employees from rural tourism and also unemployed or people engaged in subsistence agriculture. They will attend professional training courses for boarding house managers, maids, cooks and waiters.

For Project Manager Otilia Manta, a large part of the success of the project is due to efficient partnerships at local and regional level: "Developing sustainable partnerships and long-term effective communication and collaboration between partners are the key-factors to both sustainability and continuity in the implementation of our project. The partnerships ANTREC Mehedinţi has formed with representatives of local authorities, local education institutions, employers’ associations, non-governmental organizations and private actors directly involved in rural tourism activities will continue to achieve the project objectives. The number and especially the quality of our partners is a decisive factor".

Mrs. Mariana Molnar, regional expert coordinator and president of ANTREC Mehedinti, declared: “The meeting aroused interest among professional and employers' organizations, and among local government, driving the need of solutions for organizations providing touristic services, for sustainable development of human resources in rural tourism in Romania. The discussion was focused on issues related to the importance of training in rural tourism, sustainable ways of planning, development and promotion of local and regional partnerships. In this respect, ANTREC Mehedinţi has completed several partnerships with various institutions and organizations in the region, of which I mention: the Association for tourism promotion in Mehedinti, the Association for tourism and recreation Danube’s Boilers, the Association for Development Svinta, the Village Hall of Simian; County School Inspectorate Mehedinti, Drobeta Turnu Severin Cultural House, Drobeta Turnu Severin Environmental Protection Agency etc”.

According to Mr. Stefan Mantea, National Network RGIC Director: "This workshop was a success through the quality of the guests and through the topics covered. Thus, the discussions have highlighted two aspects: first, the need and importance of training and improvement of rural tourism employees, and the role and importance of local and regional partnerships. Regarding this last point, it emphasized the need for engagement of local authorities, professional associations and academic personalities. Moreover, equally important are the partnerships with associations such the Iron Gates Reservation, which has an important role in promoting and developing the scientific and ecological tourism."


Transfer of good practices and experiences regarding the diversification of rural economy in Greece

Asociaţia de Dezvoltare în Afaceri (ADA) together with its partners within the project “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” ID 54620 is organizing a study visit in Chios, Greece, in the period May 8th – 13th. The visit is part of activity A. 6.4.: “ Development of transnational partnership for exchange and integration of good practices in the development of rural tourism, in the perspective of rural economy diversification, promotion of equal opportunities, environment protection and cultural heritage in rural environment” within the project “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” ID 54620. It is co financed by the European Social Fund through Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013 and has as main objective the development of human resources in rural areas especially in the field of rural tourism.

Among the objectives of this action there are: collecting information on site through actual visits, knowing some successful experiences in the field of rural tourism, such as concluding partnerships with similar organizations from Greece which contribute to the development of human resources in rural environment in Romania. Several objectives will be visited, such as: boarding houses and agro tourism units from rural areas Cambos, Mesta and Vessa, citrus processing plant Chios SA and the Museum of Citrus, traditional boarding house “Mavrokordatiko", agro tourist farm "Perleas Mansion”, Anavatos village perfectly preserved since the Middle Ages, Nea Moni monastery, etc. On the 10th of May, in Chios a workshop will take place for the presentation of good practices and Greek experiences regarding the diversification of rural economy, promotion of equal opportunities, environment protection and cultural heritage in rural environment.

The delegation that goes to Greece is made of representatives from the beneficiary - Asociaţia de Dezvoltare în Afaceri (ADA) and the national partners involved in the implementation of the project “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” ID 54620 – RGIC Consultanta, Antrec Mehedinţi, Euro-Link Consultants. The hosts for the Romanian delegation are provided by the transnational partners within the project – GNTO (Greek National Tourism Organization) and ANCE (Athens Network of Collaborating Experts).

Mrs. Otilia Manta, Project Manager highlighted the importance of this activity: “The study visit in Greece contributes to reaching the objectives, respectively transmitting know how and good practices in the field of rural tourism in Greece as well as to the identification of local partners by concluding partnerships with them. It is not only an excellent occasion to discover the successful experiences in rural tourism from Greece, but especially to get into contact with professionals in the field: owners, entrepreneurs, and experts – contacts that will finalize into partnerships. These partnerships provide continuity to the project and contribute to the development of complementary activities even after the project concludes after three years of implementation. Moreover, through the transnational partnerships, a good visibility is provided to our project and the Romanian rural tourism. We believe that the transfer of good practices and knowhow from Greek rural tourism could lead to the development of training level of human resources from Romanian rural tourism, as well as the quality of technical assistance for the investments in the Romanian rural tourism”.


Conference and workshop stressing out the importance of local and regional partnerships for human resources development in rural tourism in South-Muntenia region

Friday, 23 March 2012, at Fieni, Dâmboviţa County, took place the regional conference The importance of local and regional partnerships in the sustainable development of rural areas, followed by a workshop. The event is organized by Cardinal Jobs – as partner – and the Association for Business Development (ADA) – as beneficiary of the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), co-financed from European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

The conference and workshop were attended by the partners in the project, local authorities and non-government organizations representatives from South-Muntenia region, who have as a main activity human resources development and local rural tourism operators: owners of hostels and guesthouses.

The main theme addressed during the conference and workshop was the strategic partnerships that can be concluded with city halls, county councils, agencies for labor force employment, tourism agencies, employers associations and NGOs etc. These partnerships contribute to reaching another of the project’s objectives: developing a multi-regional network of local centers for human resources development services in rural areas. For South-Muntenia region, the Regional Coordinating Center is located in Albeşti Paleologu, Prahova Couny.

The conference, followed by a workshop, is part of a series of activities developed within the project, whose mainly objective is the development of human resources for the rural tourism. Through this project, which begun in early 2010 and will be implemented until 2013, there will be organized trainings and courses for 540 people from rural areas in the regions South-East, South-Muntenia and South-West, selected from a 1500 people target group. The beneficiaries are both employees from rural tourism and also unemployed or people engaged in subsistence agriculture, in order to streamline the process of employment in non-agricultural occupations. They will attend professional training courses for boarding house managers, maids, cooks and waiters.

Ms. Otilia Manta, Project Manager, said that a large part of the success of the project is due to efficient partnerships at local and regional level: "Developing sustainable partnerships and long-term effective communication and collaboration between partners are the key to the success of a large project such as ours. The main local and regional actors are key-factors to both sustainability and continuity in the implementation of our project and after the implementation. The partnerships Cardinal Jobs closed with representatives of local authorities, local education institutions, employers, non-governmental organizations and private actors directly involved in rural tourism activities will contribute to achieving the project objectives, but also its long-term continuity. Thus, an inter-regional network of organizations is being developed that helps increase the quality of professional competencies at local and regional".


Local and regional partnerships – essential for human resources development in rural tourism in South-West region

Friday, March 9, 2012, in Drobeta Turnu Severin, Mehedinti county, took place the conference and workshop "The importance of local and regional partnerships in the sustainable development of rural areas", organized by the National Association for Rural, Ecologic and Cultural Tourism (ANTREC) Mehedinti - as partner - and the Business Development Association (ADA) - as beneficiary, within the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), co-financed from European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

The conference, followed by a workshop, is part of a series of activities developed within the project, whose mainly objective is the development of human resources for the rural tourism. Through this project, which begun early last year and will be implemented until 2013, there will be organized trainings and courses for 540 people from rural areas in the regions South-East, South-Muntenia and South-West, selected from a 1500 people target group. The beneficiaries are both employees from rural tourism and also unemployed or people engaged in subsistence agriculture, in order to streamline the process of employment in non-agricultural occupations. They will attend professional training courses for boarding house managers, maids, cooks and waiters.

The conference and workshop were attended by the partners in the project, local authorities and non-government organizations representatives, who have as a main activity human resources development and local rural tourism operators: owners of hostels and guesthouses. After presentations made by representatives of the partners implementing the project (Mariana Molnar - president ANTREC Mehedinti and regional coordinator, Alina Patru - ADA, Ana Georgescu - Euro-Link Consultants), guest speeches followed: Mirela Mazilu professor at University Center Drobeta Turnu Severin, dl Gheorghe Calotoiu, researcher at “Alexandru Stefulescu” Museum in Targu Jiu, Iustin Florescu, representative of the County Employment Office, Felix Baratky, ranger at the “Iron Gates”.Natural Park Reservation.

The themes addressed during the conference and workshop were: efficient promoting of local and regional partnerships, how these partnerships can help developing the rural tourism in South-West region, the role of the regional coordination center in attracting new partners. The workshop’s purpose is to discuss the strategic partnerships which ANTREC Mehedinti, as regional project coordinator, can close with city halls, county councils, agencies for labor force employment, tourism agencies, employers associations and NGOs etc. These partnerships contribute to reaching another of the project’s objectives: developing a multi-regional network of local centers for human resources development services in rural areas.

Ms. Otilia Manta, Project Manager, said that a large part of the success of the project is due to efficient partnerships at local and regional level: "Developing sustainable partnerships and long-term effective and better communication and collaboration between partners are the key to the success of a large project such as ours. The main local and regional actors are key-factors to both sustainability and continuity in the implementation of our project and after the implementation. ANTREC Mehedinti concluding partnerships with representatives of local authorities, local education institutions, employers, non-governmental organizations and private actors directly involved in rural tourism activities will contribute to achieving the project objectives, but also its long-term continuity."


The professional development courses within the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620) have concluded

An important stage in the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620) has reached the final after the completion of the training program to enhance professional skills for boarding house administrator, waiter, cook and maid.

These training courses are one of the essential activities of the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" implemented by the Business Development Association (ADA), as beneficiary, in the regions South-West, South-Muntenia and South-East, and co-financed through the European Social Fund, within the European Social Fund in the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013

The main objective of the project is to increase skills and employability of people in rural areas, by facilitating access to integrated programs of vocational training in non-agricultural occupations requested by the labor market. In addition to professional development training courses for employees in rural tourism, the project also requires the organization of qualifying and retraining courses for unemployed people seeking work or persons engaged in rural subsistence agriculture, for the occupations boarding house administrator, waiter, cook and maid.

The courses were organized in partnership with “Şcoala de Formare Managerială în Turism” (FMT) Braşov as trainers provider.

In all, of these courses have benefited 60 managers and administrators of rural guesthouses in the South-West, South-East and South-Muntenia regions, and 310 employees in rural tourism: 80 cooks, 105 waiters and 125 maids from those regions.

In the next period will take place within the project vocational trainings and qualification for unemployed people, job seekers and people employed in subsistence agriculture from the rural environment.

For Ms Otilia Manta, Project manager, “The development of this training was made taking into account the needs of target group and its success leads to fulfillment of the wider objectives of the project: promoting human resources development services in rural areas, information, counseling and training for the labor market. The integration of unemployed through counseling and training activities represents a major objective of the project. This first stage represents the path towards a high quality human factor, such a necessary objective for the Romanian agro tourism”.


The perfecting courses for waiters in the South-West region have concluded

Between 5-9 December 2011 in Eşelniţa, Mehedinţi county, took place the training program to increase professional competences for waiters in rural tourism, organized within the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), implemented by the Business Development Association (ADA) in the South-East, South-West and South-Muntenia regions, and co-financed from European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

At the end of the training the 37 waiters employed in rural boarding houses in the South-West region who attended the program were awarded the graduate certificates. The training was organized by Formare Managerială în Turism (FMT) Braşov – trainer, and the National Association for Rural, Ecologic and Cultural Tourism (ANTREC) Mehedinţi - regional coordinator.

The training curriculum for waiters provides courses such as: the technology of the occupation, workplace organization and planning, health and safety at the workplace, communication and team work, as well as practical training.

These courses are part of an extensive training program which constitutes the most important activity of the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), as its main objective is to increase competences and employment capacity of people from the rural environment, by facilitating access to integrated programs for vocational training in non-agricultural occupations requested by the labor market.

By the end of the project, 540 people from the South-East, South-Muntenia and South-West regions, that were selected from a target group of 1500 people, will benefit from these trainings.

The trainings are structured into two categories: improvement trainings for managers and employees from the rural tourism field and vocational trainings and qualification for unemployed people, job seekers and people employed in subsistence agriculture from the rural environment, for occupations such as boarding house manager, maid, cook and waiter.

In the South-West region have ended the perfecting courses for boarding house managers, maids and cooks, and will be scheduled training courses in these occupations for unemployed people and people engaged in subsistence agriculture.


The training for cooks in the South-West region has concluded

Friday, December 2nd, 2011, in Eşelniţa, Mehedinţi county, took place the certificates awarding for participation in the training program to increase professional competences for cooks, organized within the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), implemented by the Business Development Association (ADA) in the South-East, South-West and South-Muntenia regions, and co-financed from European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

The training, attended by 31 cooks employed in rural boarding houses in the South-West region, took place between 28 November – 2 December 2011 at Eşelniţa and was organized by Formare Managerială în Turism (FMT) Braşov – trainer, and the National Association for Rural, Ecologic and Cultural Tourism (ANTREC) Mehedinţi - regional coordinator.

The training curriculum for cooks provides courses such as: the technology of the occupation, health and safety at the workplace, communication and team work, as well as practical training.

These courses are part of an extensive training program which constitutes the most important activity of the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), as its main objective is to increase competences and employment capacity of people from the rural environment, by facilitating access to integrated programs for vocational training in non-agricultural occupations requested by the labor market.

By the end of the project, 540 people from the South-East, South-Muntenia and South-West regions, that were selected from a target group of 1500 people, will benefit from these trainings.

The trainings are structured into two categories: improvement trainings for managers and employees from the rural tourism field and vocational trainings and qualification for unemployed people, job seekers and people employed in subsistence agriculture from the rural environment, for occupations such as boarding house manager, maid, cook and waiter.

In the South-West region the trainings for boarding house managers and maids have been concluded. The next courses scheduled in this region are perfecting courses for waiters.


The first perfecting courses for maids have concluded in the South-West region

Friday, November 25, 2011, in Eşelniţa, Mehedinţi county, took place the certificates awarding for participation in the training program to increase professional competences for maids, organized within the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), implemented by the Business Development Association (ADA) in the South-East, South-West and South-Muntenia regions, and co-financed from European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

The training, attended by 36 maids employed in rural boarding houses in the South-West region, took place between 21 – 25 November 2011 at Eşelniţa and was organized by Formare Managerială în Turism (FMT) Braşov – trainer, and the National Association for Rural, Ecologic and Cultural Tourism (ANTREC) Mehedinţi - regional coordinator.

The training curriculum for maids provides courses such as: the technology of the occupation, health and safety at the workplace, communication and team work, as well as practical training.

These courses are part of an extensive training program which constitutes the most important activity of the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), as its main objective is to increase competences and employment capacity of people from the rural environment, by facilitating access to integrated programs for vocational training in non-agricultural occupations requested by the labor market.

The trainings are structured into two categories: improvement trainings for managers and employees from the rural tourism field and vocational trainings and qualification for unemployed people, job seekers and people employed in subsistence agriculture from the rural environment, for occupations such as boarding house manager, maid, cook and waiter.

By the end of the project, 540 people from the South-East, South-Muntenia and South-West regions, that were selected from a target group of 1500 people, will benefit from these trainings.

In the immediately following period training courses will continue in the South-West region for cooks and waiters.

Training courses for rural boarding house administrators ended in late September in all three regions.


Conclusion of the perfecting courses for boarding house administrator in the South-Muntenia region

24 administrators and managers of rural boarding houses in the South-Muntenia region were awarded Friday, September 30, 2011, with participation certificates for the training program to increase professional competences for boarding house administrators, organized within the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), implemented by the Business Development Association (ADA) and co-financed from European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

The training took place between 26 – 30 September 2011 at Cheia, Prahova county, and was organized by Formare Manageriala în Turism (FMT) Brasov – trainer, and the National Association for Rural, Ecologic and Cultural Tourism (ANTREC) Romania - regional coordinator.

These courses are part of an extensive training program which constitutes the most important activity of the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), as its main objective is to increase competences and employment capacity of people from the rural environment, by facilitating access to integrated programs for vocational training in non-agricultural occupations requested by the labor market.

The trainings are structured into two categories: improvement trainings for managers and employees from the rural tourism field and vocational trainings and qualification for unemployed people, job seekers and people employed in subsistence agriculture from the rural environment.

By the end of the project, 540 people from the South-East, South-Muntenia and South-West regions, that were selected from a target group of 1500 people, will benefit from these trainings.


15 graduates of the perfecting courses for boarding house administrator in the South-West region

Friday, September 30, 2011, in Eselnita, Mehedinti county, took place the certificates awarding for participation in the training program to increase professional competences for boarding house administrators, organized within the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), implemented by the Business Development Association (ADA) and co-financed from European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

The training, attended by 15 administrators and managers of rural boarding houses in the South-West region, took place between 26 – 30 September 2011 at Eselnita and was organized by Formare Manageriala în Turism (FMT) Brasov – trainer, and the National Association for Rural, Ecologic and Cultural Tourism (ANTREC) Mehedinti - regional coordinator.

These courses are part of an extensive training program which constitutes the most important activity of the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), as its main objective is to increase competences and employment capacity of people from the rural environment, by facilitating access to integrated programs for vocational training in non-agricultural occupations requested by the labor market.

The trainings are structured into two categories: improvement trainings for managers and employees from the rural tourism field and vocational trainings and qualification for unemployed people, job seekers and people employed in subsistence agriculture from the rural environment.

By the end of the project, 540 people from the South-East, South-Muntenia and South-West regions, that were selected from a target group of 1500 people, will benefit from these trainings.


The first graduates of the perfecting courses for boarding house administrator in the South-East region

Friday, September 30, 2011, the 24 administrators and managers of rural boarding houses in the South-East region who attended the training program to increase professional competences for boarding house administrators, were awarded with their participation certificates.

The training took place between 26 – 30 September 2011 at Crisan in Tulcea county, within the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), implemented by the Business Development Association (ADA) and co-financed from European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

The professional training program was organized by Formare Manageriala în Turism (FMT) Brasov – trainer, and the National Association for Rural, Ecologic and Cultural Tourism (ANTREC) Tulcea - regional coordinator.

These courses are part of an extensive training program which constitutes the most important activity of the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), as its main objective is to increase competences and employment capacity of people from the rural environment, by facilitating access to integrated programs for vocational training in non-agricultural occupations requested by the labor market.

The trainings are structured into two categories: improvement trainings for managers and employees from the rural tourism field and vocational trainings and qualification for unemployed people, job seekers and people employed in subsistence agriculture from the rural environment.

By the end of the project, 540 people from the South-East, South-Muntenia and South-West regions, that were selected from a target group of 1500 people, will benefit from these trainings.


Laudable efforts for developing human resources in rural tourism
Intermediate results of the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), halfway through its implementing

The Business Development Association (ADA) organized Friday, August 12, 2011, at the Romanian Academy Library, Amphitheater Ion Heliade Radulescu, the national conference for the presentation of intermediate results of the strategic project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), co-financed by the European Social Fund, the Human Resources Development Operational Program 2007-2013. The project started in February 2010 and will run until 2013, reaching now its mid-term.

The project’s main goal is to invest in human resources, the most important resource in a knowledge-based economy, namely human resources in rural areas, in order to achieve employment and sustainable development in a flexible and inclusive labor market.

One of the essential activities of the project is running a comprehensive training program in rural tourism in three regions of the country: South-West, South-Muntenia and South-East. The structure of the program includes training courses for managers and employees in rural tourism and for unemployed persons seeking employment or people engaged in rural subsistence agriculture.

The beneficiaries of these courses have the opportunity to gain practical knowledge in specific occupations of rural tourism (boarding house manager, cook, waiter and maid). By the end of the project 540 persons from the three regions targeted will benefit from such training, selected from a total of 1500 people in the target group, belonging to several social groups in rural areas.

The conference is the moment to make an intermediate review, on which occasion there will be presented the activities that were completed successfully, and their impact in relation to the general and specific objectives of the project.

Beside the training program, other important objectives of the project include: developing a multi-regional network of coordination centers for human resources development services involved in rural tourism, a study about unemployment and the situation of persons employed in subsistence agriculture in the regions covered in the project; implementation of a database with tourist facilities in rural areas, as well as a guide of good practice in rural tourism, offering advisory consultancy and assistance for starting a business in rural tourism.

In addition, since the project started and until now, there were organized information and awareness campaigns on training and employment opportunities in rural tourism, about the importance of the environmental component in rural tourism sustainable development and were concluded approximately 100 partnerships with local governments, labor employment agencies, travel agencies, associations and NGOs.

The project is implemented in collaboration with 9 national and transnational partners: ANTREC Romania and its regional structures (ANTREC Mehedinti and ANTREC Tulcea), Management Training in Tourism (FMT), Cardinal Jobs, Euro Link Consultants Ltd., the Greek National Tourism Organization (EOT) and Athens Network of Experts Partners (ANCE).


Workshop on the importance of local and regional partnerships for human resources development in rural tourism

Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at the "Drivers' Inn" in Blejoi, Prahova county, took place the workshop "The importance of local and regional partnerships in the sustainable development of rural areas", organized by the National Association for Rural, Ecologic and Cultural Tourism (ANTREC) Romania - as partner - and the Business Development Association (ADA)- as beneficiary, within the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), co-financed from European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

The workshop is part of a series of activities developed within the project, whose mainly objective is the development of human resources for the rural tourism. Through this project, which begun early last year and will be implemented until 2013, there will be organized trainings and courses for 540 people from rural areas in the regions South-East, South-Muntenia and South-West, selected from a 1500 people target group.

The beneficiaries are both employees from rural tourism and also unemployed or people engaged in subsistence agriculture, in order to streamline the process of employment in non-agricultural occupations. They will attend professional training courses for boarding house managers, maids, cooks and waiters.

The workshop will be attended by local authorities and non-government organizations representatives, who have as a main activity human resources development and local rural tourism operators: owners of hostels and guesthouses. The themes addressed during the workshop are: efficient promoting of local and regional partnerships, how these partnerships can help developing the rural tourism in South-Muntenia region, the role of the regional coordination centers in attracting new partners.

The workshop "The importance of local and regional partnerships in the sustainable development of rural areas" is part of the informing and awareness actions in order to promote the project’s objectives. The workshop’s purpose is to discuss the strategic partnerships which ANTREC Romania, as regional project coordinator, can close with city halls, county councils, agencies for labor force employment, tourism agencies, employers associations and NGOs etc. These partnerships contribute to reaching another of the project’s objectives: developing a multi-regional network of local centers for human resources development services in rural areas.

In the region South-West, the Regional Center of Coordination is located in Ilovita commune, Mehedinti County. Several other regional centers have been established in Alebesti Paleologu commune in Prahova County – for Sounth-Muntenia region, and in Crisan, Tulcea County – for South-East region. The National Center of Coordination is located in Bucharest, at the headquarters of the Business Development Association.

The activity of these regional coordination centers will continue to ensure, after the implementation of the project, objectives like: enhancing the quality of tourism services in rural areas by improving employees’ skills and competencies, facilitating access to training programs but also promoting entrepreneurial culture and encouraging business and self-employment in non-agricultural areas in rural areas.

Ms. Otilia Manta, Project Manager, said that a large part of the success of the project is due to efficient partnerships at local and regional level: "Developing sustainable partnerships and long-term effective and better communication and collaboration between partners are the key to the success of a large project such as ours. The main local and regional actors are key-factors to both sustainability and continuity in the implementation of our project and after the implementation. ANTREC Romania concluding partnerships with representatives of local authorities, local education institutions, employers, non-governmental organizations and private actors directly involved in rural tourism activities will contribute to achieving the project objectives, but also its long-term continuity. Thus, a network of interregional institutions will be developed in order to contribute at increasing the quality of services, and it will be coordinated by the Regional Coordination Centre administered by ANTREC Romania."


Workshop on the importance of local and regional partnerships for human resources development in rural tourism

Friday, June 10, 2011, in Eselnita, Mehedinti county, will take place the workshop "The importance of local and regional partnerships in the sustainable development of rural areas", organized by the National Association for Rural, Ecologic and Cultural Tourism (ANTREC) Mehedinti - as partner - and Business Development Association (ADA)- as beneficiary, within the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), co-financed from European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

The workshop is part of a series of activities developed within the project, whose mainly objective is the development of human resources for the rural tourism. Through this project, which begun early last year and will be implemented until 2013, there will be organized trainings and courses for 540 people from rural areas in the regions South-East, South-Muntenia and South-West, selected from a 1050 people target group. The beneficiaries are both employees from rural tourism and also unemployed or people engaged in subsistence agriculture, in order to streamline the process of employment in non-agricultural occupations.

The workshop will be attended by local authorities and non-government organizations representatives, who have as a main activity human resources development, and local rural tourism market actors: owners of hostels and guesthouses.

The workshop "The importance of local and regional partnerships in the sustainable development of rural areas" is part of the informing and awareness actions in order to promote the project’s objectives. The workshop’s purpose is to discuss the strategic partnerships which ANTREC Mehedinti, as regional project coordinator, can close with city halls, county councils, agencies for labor force employment, tourism agencies, employers associations and NGOs etc. These partnerships contribute to reaching another of the project’s objectives: developing a multi-regional network of local centers for human resources development services in rural areas.

In the region South-West, the Regional Center of Coordination is located in Ilovita commune, Mehedinti County. Several other regional centers have been established in Alebesti Paleologu commune in Prahova County – for Sounth-Muntenia region, and in Crisan, Tulcea County – for South-East region. The National Center of Coordination is located in Bucharest, at the headquarters of the Business Development Association.

The activity of these regional coordination centers will continue to ensure, after the implementation of the project, objectives like: enhancing the quality of tourism services in rural areas by improving employees’ skills and competencies, facilitating access to training programs but also promoting entrepreneurial culture and encouraging business and self-employment in non-agricultural areas in rural areas.

Ms. Otilia Manta, Project Manager, said that the success of the project is due to efficient partnerships at local and regional level: "Developing sustainable partnerships and long-term effective and better communication and collaboration between partners are the key to the success of a large project such as ours. The main local and regional actors are key-factors to both sustainability and continuity in the implementation of our project and after the implementation. ANTREC Mehedinti’s partnerships which will be concluded with representatives of local authorities, local education institutions, with employers, non-governmental organizations and private actors directly involved in rural tourism activities will contribute to achieve the project objectives, but also its long-term continuity. Thus, a network of interregional institutions will be developed in order to contribute at increasing the quality of services, and it will be coordinated by the Regional Coordination Centre Mehedinti."


Workshop on the importance of local and regional partnerships for human resources development in rural tourism

Friday, June 10, 2011, in Eselnita, Mehedinti county, will take place the workshop "The importance of local and regional partnerships in the sustainable development of rural areas", organized by the National Association for Rural, Ecologic and Cultural Tourism (ANTREC) Mehedinti - as partner - and Business Development Association (ADA)- as beneficiary, within the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), co-financed from European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013. The workshop is part of a series of activities developed within the project, whose mainly objective is the development of human resources for the rural tourism. Through this project, which begun early last year and will be implemented until 2013, there will be organized trainings and courses for 540 people from rural areas in the regions South-East, South-Muntenia and South-West, selected from a 1050 people target group. The beneficiaries are both employees from rural tourism and also unemployed or people engaged in subsistence agriculture, in order to streamline the process of employment in non-agricultural occupations. The workshop will be attended by local authorities and non-government organizations representatives, who have as a main activity human resources development, and local rural tourism market actors: owners of hostels and guesthouses. The workshop "The importance of local and regional partnerships in the sustainable development of rural areas" is part of the informing and awareness actions in order to promote the project’s objectives. The workshop’s purpose is to discuss the strategic partnerships which ANTREC Mehedinti, as regional project coordinator, can close with city halls, county councils, agencies for labor force employment, tourism agencies, employers associations and NGOs etc. These partnerships contribute to reaching another of the project’s objectives: developing a multi-regional network of local centers for human resources development services in rural areas. In the region South-West, the Regional Center of Coordination is located in Ilovita commune, Mehedinti County. Several other regional centers have been established in Alebesti Paleologu commune in Prahova County – for Sounth-Muntenia region, and in Crisan, Tulcea County – for South-East region. The National Center of Coordination is located in Bucharest, at the headquarters of the Business Development Association. The activity of these regional coordination centers will continue to ensure, after the implementation of the project, objectives like: enhancing the quality of tourism services in rural areas by improving employees’ skills and competencies, facilitating access to training programs but also promoting entrepreneurial culture and encouraging business and self-employment in non-agricultural areas in rural areas. Ms. Otilia Manta, Project Manager, said that the success of the project is due to efficient partnerships at local and regional level: "Developing sustainable partnerships and long-term effective and better communication and collaboration between partners are the key to the success of a large project such as ours. The main local and regional actors are key-factors to both sustainability and continuity in the implementation of our project and after the implementation. ANTREC Mehedinti’s partnerships which will be concluded with representatives of local authorities, local education institutions, with employers, non-governmental organizations and private actors directly involved in rural tourism activities will contribute to achieve the project objectives, but also its long-term continuity. Thus, a network of interregional institutions will be developed in order to contribute at increasing the quality of services, and it will be coordinated by the Regional Coordination Centre Mehedinti."


Workshop about the importance of local and regional partnerships for the development of human resources in rural tourism

Tuesday, May 24 2011, at 10 o'clock, in Crisan, Tulcea county, it will take place the workshop "The Importance of local and regional partnerships in the sustainable development of rural areas", organized by the National Agency for Rural, Ecologic and Cultural Tourism(ANTREC) Tulcea - as partner - and Business Development Association - as beneficiary, within the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism" (ID 54620), co financed by the European Social Fund through Sectoral operational Program Human resources Development 2007-2013.

The workshop is part of a series of activities unfolded within the project, whose main objective is the development of human resources in the field of rural tourism. The project, which started at the end of last year and will unfold until 2013, intends to realize professional trainings for 540 people from rural areas from the regions South East, South Muntenia and South West, selected from a target group of 1050 people. The trainees can be employees from the rural tourism field, as well as unemployed of people occupied in subsistence agriculture, in order to improve the employment process of the labor market in non agricultural occupations.

The workshop is attended by representatives of local authorities and nongovernmental organizations which act in the region and have as main activity the development of human resources and local actors of the rural tourism market: owners of cottages and guesthouses.

The workshop The importance of partnerships at local and regional level in the sustainable development of rural areas is part of the information and awareness actions on the objectives of the project. The goal is to debate the strategic partnerships that ANTREC Tulcea, as regional coordinator of the project, can conclude with cityhalls, county councils, agencies for labor force employment, tourism agencies, NGOs and other relevant institutions. These partnerships contribute to accomplish another objective of the project the development of a multi regional network of center for the coordination of development services of human resources in the rural area. For South East region the Regional Coordination Center is located in Crisan, Tulcea county. Such regional centers for coordination were established in Albesti Paleologu, Prahova county - for South Muntenia and in Ilovita, Mehedinti county - for South West. Also, a national center it was established in Bucharest, at the headquarters of Business Development Association.

The activity of these regional coordination centers will continue to provide, after the implementation period of the project, the accomplishment of the objectves: increase the quality of services in rural tourism by improving the abilities and skills of employees, facilitating acces to professional traings, but also promotion of the entrepreneurial culture and encouraging business and independent activities in non agricultural fiels from the rural environment.

Ms Otilia Manta, Project Manager, declared that an important percent from the success of the project is determined by the quality and amplitude of the partnerships at local and regional level: "The development of such viable partnerships on long term, as well as good communication and collaboration between partners are key factors in the success of a large project, such as ours. The main local and regional actors contribute to the sustainability and continuity of the project during its unfolding, as well as after its implementation. The partnerships concluded by ANTREC Tulcea with the representatives of local authorities, local education institutions, NGOs and private actors directly involved in the rural tourism activity, contribute to the accomplishment of objectives of the project, but also provide long term continuity. Thus, an interregional network is developed of institutions that contribute to increase the quality of professional competences al local and regional level, a network that will be coordinated by the Regional Center for Coordination Tulcea".


Study visit to Greece

Asociatia de Dezvoltare in Afaceri (ADA) together with the partners in the strategic project "Sustainable development of human resources from the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620) is organizing a study visit to Greece, between March 27 and April 1, for transfer of experience and good practices regarding the organization of labor market and the service sector in rural tourism.

The objectives of this action are: collecting information on the spot, through visits at some of the main rural touristic destinations in Greece, learning about successful experiences in the field of rural tourism, as well as concluding partnerships with similar organizations from Greece.

The delegation to Greece includes representatives of the national partners involved in the implementation of the project "Sustainable development of human resources from the Romanian rural tourism!": Asociatia de Dezvoltare in Afaceri (ADA), ANTREC Romania, RGIC Consultanta, Formare Manageriala in Turism (FMT), Cardinal Jobs, Euro-Link Consultants.

The hosts of the Romanian delegation are the transnational partners within the project - GNTO (Greek National Tourism Organization) and ANCE (Athens Network of Collaborating Experts).

The study visit is part of Activity A6: "Development of transnational partnership for exchange and integration of good practices in the development of rural tourism, in the perspective of rural economy diversification, promotion of equal opportunities, environment and cultural heritage protection in rural environment", within the project "Sustainable development of human resources from the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) within the Human Resources Development Sectoral Operational Program (POSDRU).

Mrs. Otilia Manta, the project manager, underlines the importance of the activity: "This study visit to Greece, like the others key activities of our project, contributes directly to the achievement of the objectives: the transfer of the know-how and good practices in the field of rural tourism in Greece, and the identifying of potential partners to join our consortium.

It is a wonderful opportunity not only to learn first-hand about successful stories in rural tourism, but also to come in contact with professionals such as owners, entrepreneurs and experts in rural tourism, experience that will translate into partnership agreements. These partnerships will contribute to the continuity of the project during, but also after the official period of implementation and will help develop complementary activities. Moreover, our international partners will enhance the visibility of our project and of Romanian rural tourism. On the agenda of this study visit there is a workshop in Ioannina - during which the Romanian delegation will learn from the Greek participants about their experiences in rural tourism - but also visits to traditional guest houses in rural areas of northern Greece, in Thessaloniki and Konitsa.

We believe that through this activity - 6.3 transfer of experience and good practices regarding the organization of labor market and the service sector in rural tourism - our transnational partners contribute to training professionals in the transfer of good practices in Greek rural tourism."


Awareness Campaign on training and employment opportunities in rural tourism - February 26, 2011

ANTREC Tulcea - partner in the project "Sustainable development of human resources for rural tourism in Romania!", ID 54620, implemented by BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (ADA), organized in 25-26 February 2011 an awareness road show in order to promote the training and employment opportunities for sustainable development of rural tourism.

During the caravan organizers have distributed promotional materials for information and awareness for people interested in attending training courses for employees in rural tourism.

The project "Sustainable development of human resources for rural tourism in Romania!", ID 54620, co-financed by European Social Fund, aims at investing in human resources, the most important resource in a knowledge economy, in particular human resources in rural areas, in order to achieve employment and sustainable development in a flexible and inclusive labor market.


Local and regional partnerships - important and necessary for human resources development in rural tourism

Thursday, February 24, 2011 at the Atlantis Hotel in Tulcea will take place the conference "The importance of local and regional partnerships in the sustainable development of rural areas", organized by the National Association for Rural, Ecologic and Cultural Tourism (ANTREC) Tulcea- as partner- and BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (ADA)- as beneficiary, within the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), co-financed from European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

The conference is part of a series of activities developed within the project, whose mainly objective is the development of human resources for the rural tourism. Through this project, which begun early last year and will be implemented until 2013, there will be organized trainings and courses for 540 people from rural areas in the regions South-East, South-Muntenia and South-West, selected from a 1050 people target group. The beneficiaries are both employees from rural tourism and also unemployed or people engaged in subsistence agriculture, in order to streamline the process of employment in non-agricultural occupations.

The conference will be attended by local authorities and non-government organizations representatives, who have as a main activity human resources development, and local rural tourism market actors: owners of hostels and guesthouses.

The conference "The importance of local and regional partnerships in the sustainable development of rural areas" is part of the informing and awareness actions in order to promote the project's objectives. The conference purpose is to discuss the strategic partnerships which ANTREC Tulcea, as regional project coordinator, can close with city halls, county councils, agencies for labor force employment, tourism agencies, employers associations and NGOs etc. These partnerships contribute to reaching another of the project's objectives: developing a multi-regional network of local centers for human resources development services in rural areas.

The activity of these regional coordination centers will continue to ensure, after the implementation of the project, objectives like: enhancing the quality of tourism services in rural areas by improving employees' skills and competencies, facilitating access to training programs but also promoting entrepreneurial culture and encouraging business and self-employment in non-agricultural areas in rural areas.

Ms. Otilia Manta, Project Manager, said that the success of the project is due to efficient partnerships at local and regional level: "We believe that the success of any project is the establishment of sustainable partnerships between organizations that complement and reinforce each other, as happens in our project. The main local and regional actors are key-factors to both sustainability and continuity in the implementation of our project and after the implementation. ANTREC Tulcea's partnerships which will be concluded with representatives of local authorities, local education institutions, with employers, non-governmental organizations and private actors directly involved in rural tourism activities will contribute to achieve the project objectives, but also its long-term continuity. Thus, a network of interregional institutions will be developed in order to contribute at increasing the quality of services, and it will be coordinated by the Regional Coordination Centre Tulcea.

By the end of the project three regional coordination centers are going to be established (in Tulcea, Arges and Mehedinti), plus a national coordination center in Bucharest.


Local and regional partnerships - important and necessary for human resource development in rural tourism

Friday, February 18, 2011, 10.00 am, at the Continental Hotel in Drobeta Turnu Severin, will take place the conference "The importance of local and regional partnerships in sustainable development of rural areas", organized by the National Association of Rural, Ecological and Cultural Tourism (ANTREC) Mehedinti - as a partner - and Business Development Association (ADA) - as a beneficiary in the project "Sustainable development of human resources for rural tourism in Romania" (ID 54620), co-financed by European Social Fund Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

The conference is part of a series of activities developed within the project, whose mainly objective is the development of human resources for the rural tourism. Through this project, which begun early last year and will be implemented until 2013, there will be organized trainings and courses for 540 people from rural areas in the regions South-East, South-Muntenia and South-West, selected from a 1050 people target group. The beneficiaries are both employees from rural tourism and also unemployed or people engaged in subsistence agriculture, in order to streamline the process of employment in non-agricultural occupations.

The conference will be attended by local authorities and non-government organizations representatives, who have as a main activity human resources development, and local rural tourism market actors: owners of hostels and guesthouses.

The conference "The importance of partnerships at local and regional level in sustainable development of rural areas" is part of the information and awareness activities for the project's objectives. The conference's target is to discuss strategic partnerships that ANTREC Mehedinti, as a regional coordinator of the project, may conclude with city halls, county councils, employment agencies, travel agencies, employers' associations, NGOs, etc. . These partnerships contribute to the achievement of another objective of the project: developing a multi-regional focal points network for human resources development services in rural areas.

The activity of these regional coordination centers will continue to ensure, after the implementation of the project, objectives such as: enhancing the quality of tourism services in rural areas by improving employees' skills and competencies, facilitating access to training programs but also promoting entrepreneurial culture and encouraging business and self-employment in non-agricultural areas in rural areas.

Ms. Otilia Manta, Project Manager, said that the success of the project is due to efficient partnerships at local and regional level: "We believe that the success of any project is the establishment of sustainable partnerships between organizations that complement and reinforce each other, as happens in our project. The main local and regional actors are key-factors to both sustainability and continuity in the implementation of our project and after the implementation. ANTREC Mehedinti's partnerships which will be concluded with representatives of local authorities, local education institutions, with employers, non-governmental organizations and private actors directly involved in rural tourism activities will contribute to achieve the project objectives, but also its long-term continuity. Thus, a network of interregional institutions will be developed in order to contribute at increasing the quality of services, and it will be coordinated by the Regional Coordination Centre Mehedinti.


Conference about the importance of the environment component in sustainable development of rural tourism - January 21, 2011, Drobeta Turnu Severin

Friday, 21 january, in Drobeta Turnu Severin took place the conference "The importance of the environment component in sustainable development of rural tourism" organized by the National Association of Rural, Ecological and Cultural Tourism (A.N.T.R.E.C.) Mehedinti - as partner - and BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (ADA) - as a beneficiary in the project "Sustainable development of human resources for rural tourism in Romania" (ID 54620), co-financed by European Social Fund Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013.

The conference was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism, Municipality of Drobeta Turnu Severin, Mehedinti County Prefect and of the Environmental Guard, along with other local institutions and NGOs which are principally engaged in promoting local rural tourism, environment protection or human resource development.

The conference is part of a series of activities carried out under the project, whose main objective is to develop human resources in rural tourism. The project, which began early last year and will run until 2012, will pursue the development of training and training, and retraining for 540 people from rural areas of the South East, South and South West Muntenia selected from a target group of 1050 people.

During the conference were discussed issues such as environment importance and the "eco" component in rural tourism, environmental protection rules, how to promote tourist attractions, facilities and services available to those interested in agro tourism in the South West, preservation of cultural heritage of the area, effective utilization of human resources for rural tourism.

Ms. Otilia Manta, Project Manager, brought attention on the importance of addressing the subject of the environment in rural tourism development. "Concern, caring for environment, for nature requires citizens better prepared to face the challenges of present and future, able to act responsibly for future generations. In essence, this is how I could summarize the concept of sustainable development. It is reflected in the training programs that we run in the project. The programs provide modules on protection, conservation, natural resource management, environmental protection, specific activities in tourism with environmental impact, etc. These are extremely important issues for the staff involved in Romanian rural tourism. We believe that all who work or will work in this field, after a good knowledge of these practices, will be able to implement environment-friendly rural tourism policies. Actions such as the one in Drobeta Turnu Severin, organized by our partner in the project, ANTREC Mehedinti, reinforce the issue of environmental protection."

"The conference has aroused interest in business organizations, professional and state administration, encouraging the adoption of very useful solutions for organizations providing travel services in rural tourism in Romania. They debated issues related to monitoring and standardization in eco tourism, sustainable ways of planning, developing, managing and marketing eco-tourism", said Ms Maria Molnar, regional coordinator of the project expert and president of ANTREC Mehedinti.


Local and regional partnerships - important and necessary

Wednesday, January 12, 2011, in Targoviste is going to take place the conference "The importance of partnerships al local and regional level in the sustainable development of rural areas", organized by Cardinal Jobs and National Association for Rural, Ecologic and Cultural Tourism (A.N.T.R.E.C.) Romania, together with Asociatia de Dezvoltare in Afaceri (ADA).

The event is part of a series of activities unfolded within the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), co financed by the European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013, that has as main objective the development of human resources from rural areas, vising, especially rural tourism. Through the project, they started at the beginning of last year and will unfold until 2012, there will take place trainings and courses for formation and retraining for approximately 1.500 people from rural areas from the Regions South-East, South-Muntenia and South-West, regarding the efficiency of employment process of the labor market in non-agricultural occupations.

The conference was attended by representatives of local authorities and some nongovernmental organizations that operate in the region and have of main activity the development of human resources and local actors on the rural tourism market: guest house and cabin owners. The conference "The importance of partnerships al local and regional level in the sustainable development of rural areas" is part of the actions for information and awareness on the project objectives, regarding the identification of needs of direct potential beneficiaries (people interested in the organization of some training courses for employees from tourism units).

Within the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), some other actions took place: conference on the theme the importance of environment component in the development of rural tourism, promotion caravans in Gorj, Arges, Dambovita, Prahova and Tulcea, a study visit in Greece and a workshop for exchange of experience in the Danube Delta.

The importance of environment component in the sustainable development of rural tourism

A.N.T.R.E.C. Romania and Cardinal Jobs together with Asociatia de Dezvoltare in Afaceri (ADA) is organizing in Ploiesti, December 15th 2010, the conference with the theme: "The importance of environment component in the sustainable development of rural tourism".

The conference is part of a series of activities unfolded within the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (POSDRU/83/5.2/S/54620), co financed by the European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013. Invest in people!, whose general objective vises the development of human resources from rural areas, regarding access and sustainable development in employment, in non agricultural activities on a flexible and inclusive labor market.

On this occasion, themes referring to the development of human resources, the importance of environment component and efficient valuing of resources in the sustainable development of Romanian rural tourism as well as ways to keep and promote the cultural heritage (traditions, customs, crafts, etc.) are going to be approached. Through our transnational partners within the project good practices are going to be known referring to the environment component and its role within the Greek rural tourism.

The event was attended by representatives of local authorities and nongovernmental representative organizations.

Campaign for the promotion of entrepreneurial culture

A.N.T.R.E.C. Tulcea - partner within the Project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" ID 54620, implemented by Asociati de Dezvoltare in Afaceri (ADA) is organizing November, 28-29, a caravan for the promotion of entrepreneurial culture and awareness regarding the necessity to increase competences and skills of employees in rural environment in the perspective of sustainable development of rural tourism.

The caravan goes to Tulcea, Nufarul, Murighiol, Dunavatul de Jos; the organizers of the caravan are going to distribute promotional in order to inform and raise awareness for the persons interested by the organization of some training courses for the employees from tourist units.

The Project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" ID 54620, co financed through the European Social Fund, has as goal the investments in human resource, the most valuable resource within a knowledge based economy, especially of human resources from rural areas, regarding access and sustainable development in employment on a flexible and inclusive labor market.

Campaign for the promotion of entrepreneurial culture

A.N.T.R.E.C. Romania and Cardinal Jobs - partners within the Project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" ID 54620, implemented by Asociati de Dezvoltare in Afaceri (ADA) is organizing November 29-30, 2010, a series of caravans for the promotion of entrepreneur culture and awareness regarding the necessity to increase competences and skills of employees in rural environment in the perspective of sustainable development of rural tourism.

The caravans go to localities from the rural environment from the counties Arges, Dambovita and Prahova; the organizers are going to distribute promotional in order to inform and raise awareness for the persons interested by the organization of training courses for the employees from tourist units.

The Project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" ID 54620, co financed through the European Social Fund, has as goal the investments in human resource, the most valuable resource within a knowledge based economy, especially of human resources from rural areas, regarding access and sustainable development in employment on a flexible and inclusive labor market.

The importance of environment component in the development of sustainable tourism

A.N.T.R.E.C. Tulcea together with Asociatia de Dezvoltare in Afaceri (ADA) is organizing in Tulcea on November 26, 2010, hours 9.00-15.00, the conference with the theme: "The importance of the environment component in the sustainable development of rural tourism!".

The conference is part of a series of activities unfolded within the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!", (POSDRU/83/5.2/S/54620), co financed by the European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013 - Invest in people! , whose general objective vises the development of human resources in rural areas, regarding access and sustainable development in employment, in non agricultural activities, on a flexible and inclusive labor market.

On this occasion, themes such as the development of human resources, the importance of environment component and efficient valuing of resources in the sustainable development of the Romanian rural tourism as well as modalities to preserve and promote the cultural heritage (traditions, customs, crafts, etc.) are going to be approached. The good practices referring to environment component and their role in rural tourism from Greece are going to be presented through the trans national partners within the project.

the event is going to be attended by representatives of local authorities and representative non governmental authorities.

Campaign for the promotion of entrepreneurial culture

A.N.T.R.E.C. Mehedinţi – partner within theproject “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” , ID 54620, implemented by ASOCIAŢIA DE DEZVOLTARE ÎN AFACERI (ADA),is organizing October 29-31, 2010 a caravan for the promotion of entrepreneur culture and awareness regarding the necessity to increase competences and skills of employees in the rural environment, in the perspective of sustainable development of rural tourism.

The caravan is going to halt at PESTIŞANI, at FESTIVALULUI RĂCITURILOR, a manifestation which is going to take place at CASA BRÂNCUŞI boarding house, where A.N.T.R.E.C. Mehedinţi is going to be present with an exhibition stand.

The organizers of the caravan are going to distribute promotional regarding the information and awareness of people interested by the organization of training courses for the employees from tourist units.

The project “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” , ID 54620, co financed though the European Social Fund, has as goal the investment in the human resource, the most important resource within a knowledge based economy, especially of the human resource from rural areas, regarding access and sustainable development in employment on a flexible and inclusive labor market.

The website for the strategic project: "Sustainable development of human resources for Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620)

Asociatia de Dezvoltare in Afaceri (ADA) is launching the website for the strategic project "Sustainable development of human resources for Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), co financed by the European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013. The site can be accessed at www.turism-rural.asociatia-ada.ro, those interested could find information about the project "Sustainable development of human resources for Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620) and its objectives, the national and trans national partners involved in the project , strategic partnerships as well as activities and events unfolded within the project. The project, cofinanced by the European Social Fund has as goal investmnets in human resources, the most important resource in a knowledge based economy, especially of human resources from rural areas, regarding access ans sustaibanle development in emplyment on a flexible and inclusive labor market. The target group of the project is made of 1500 people belonging to several social categories from rural areas. The target categories vised by the projects are: employees, managers, job seekers, inactive persons, people employed in subsistence agriculture, unemployed. Supporting these people will involve the implementation of several activities, grouped into three components.

According to MS. Otilia Manta, Project manager, the launch of this site "represents the materialization of the objectices that we had set within activity A.2.2 - Realization, updating web page on the solicitant's site for information regarding the objectives, activities, results within the project and providing the information and communication platform with the partners within the project and, especially, with direct and indirect partners of our project. The website offers this possibility to communicate through its content and also shape, being easy to access and very functional. The site offers an axcellent promotion to the project and the activities which unfold within it. In conclusion, i am inviting all those interested to learn what's new in unfolding the strategic project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620) and to access the internet address www.turism-rural.asociatia-ada.ro".

Promotion campaign of entrepreneur culture

A.N.T.R.E.C. Mehedinţi – partner within theproject “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” , ID 54620, implemented by ASOCIAŢIA DE DEZVOLTARE ÎN AFACERI (ADA),is organizing October 29-31, 2010 a caravan for the promotion of entrepreneur culture and awareness regarding the necessity to increase competences and skills of employees in the rural environment, in the perspective of sustainable development of rural tourism.

The caravan is going to halt at PESTIŞANI, at FESTIVALULUI RĂCITURILOR, a manifestation which is going to take place at CASA BRÂNCUŞI boarding house, where A.N.T.R.E.C. Mehedinţi is going to be present with an exhibition stand.

The organizers of the caravan are going to distribute promotional regarding the information and awareness of people interested by the organization of training courses for the employees from tourist units.

The project “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” , ID 54620, co financed though the European Social Fund, has as goal the investment in the human resource, the most important resource within a knowledge based economy, especially of the human resource from rural areas, regarding access and sustainable development in employment on a flexible and inclusive labor market.

The website for the strategic project: "Sustainable development of human resources for Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620)

Asociatia de Dezvoltare in Afaceri (ADA) is launching the website for the strategic project "Sustainable development of human resources for Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), co financed by the European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013. The site can be accessed at www.turism-rural.asociatia-ada.ro, those interested could find information about the project "Sustainable development of human resources for Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620) and its objectives, the national and trans national partners involved in the project , strategic partnerships as well as activities and events unfolded within the project. The project, cofinanced by the European Social Fund has as goal investmnets in human resources, the most important resource in a knowledge based economy, especially of human resources from rural areas, regarding access ans sustaibanle development in emplyment on a flexible and inclusive labor market. The target group of the project is made of 1500 people belonging to several social categories from rural areas. The target categories vised by the projects are: employees, managers, job seekers, inactive persons, people employed in subsistence agriculture, unemployed. Supporting these people will involve the implementation of several activities, grouped into three components.

According to MS. Otilia Manta, Project manager, the launch of this site "represents the materialization of the objectices that we had set within activity A.2.2 - Realization, updating web page on the solicitant's site for information regarding the objectives, activities, results within the project and providing the information and communication platform with the partners within the project and, especially, with direct and indirect partners of our project. The website offers this possibility to communicate through its content and also shape, being easy to access and very functional. The site offers an axcellent promotion to the project and the activities which unfold within it. In conclusion, i am inviting all those interested to learn what's new in unfolding the strategic project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620) and to access the internet address www.turism-rural.asociatia-ada.ro".

Promotion campaign of entrepreneur culture

A.N.T.R.E.C. Mehedinţi – partner within theproject “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” , ID 54620, implemented by ASOCIAŢIA DE DEZVOLTARE ÎN AFACERI (ADA),is organizing October 29-31, 2010 a caravan for the promotion of entrepreneur culture and awareness regarding the necessity to increase competences and skills of employees in the rural environment, in the perspective of sustainable development of rural tourism.

The caravan is going to halt at PESTIŞANI, at FESTIVALULUI RĂCITURILOR, a manifestation which is going to take place at CASA BRÂNCUŞI boarding house, where A.N.T.R.E.C. Mehedinţi is going to be present with an exhibition stand.

The organizers of the caravan are going to distribute promotional regarding the information and awareness of people interested by the organization of training courses for the employees from tourist units.

The project “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” , ID 54620, co financed though the European Social Fund, has as goal the investment in the human resource, the most important resource within a knowledge based economy, especially of the human resource from rural areas, regarding access and sustainable development in employment on a flexible and inclusive labor market.

The website for the strategic project: "Sustainable development of human resources for Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620)

Asociatia de Dezvoltare in Afaceri (ADA) is launching the website for the strategic project "Sustainable development of human resources for Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), co financed by the European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013. The site can be accessed at www.turism-rural.asociatia-ada.ro, those interested could find information about the project "Sustainable development of human resources for Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620) and its objectives, the national and trans national partners involved in the project , strategic partnerships as well as activities and events unfolded within the project. The project, cofinanced by the European Social Fund has as goal investmnets in human resources, the most important resource in a knowledge based economy, especially of human resources from rural areas, regarding access ans sustaibanle development in emplyment on a flexible and inclusive labor market. The target group of the project is made of 1500 people belonging to several social categories from rural areas. The target categories vised by the projects are: employees, managers, job seekers, inactive persons, people employed in subsistence agriculture, unemployed. Supporting these people will involve the implementation of several activities, grouped into three components.

According to MS. Otilia Manta, Project manager, the launch of this site "represents the materialization of the objectices that we had set within activity A.2.2 - Realization, updating web page on the solicitant's site for information regarding the objectives, activities, results within the project and providing the information and communication platform with the partners within the project and, especially, with direct and indirect partners of our project. The website offers this possibility to communicate through its content and also shape, being easy to access and very functional. The site offers an axcellent promotion to the project and the activities which unfold within it. In conclusion, i am inviting all those interested to learn what's new in unfolding the strategic project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620) and to access the internet address www.turism-rural.asociatia-ada.ro".

Promotion campaign of entrepreneur culture

A.N.T.R.E.C. Mehedinţi – partner within theproject “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” , ID 54620, implemented by ASOCIAŢIA DE DEZVOLTARE ÎN AFACERI (ADA),is organizing October 29-31, 2010 a caravan for the promotion of entrepreneur culture and awareness regarding the necessity to increase competences and skills of employees in the rural environment, in the perspective of sustainable development of rural tourism.

The caravan is going to halt at PESTIŞANI, at FESTIVALULUI RĂCITURILOR, a manifestation which is going to take place at CASA BRÂNCUŞI boarding house, where A.N.T.R.E.C. Mehedinţi is going to be present with an exhibition stand.

The organizers of the caravan are going to distribute promotional regarding the information and awareness of people interested by the organization of training courses for the employees from tourist units.

The project “Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!” , ID 54620, co financed though the European Social Fund, has as goal the investment in the human resource, the most important resource within a knowledge based economy, especially of the human resource from rural areas, regarding access and sustainable development in employment on a flexible and inclusive labor market.

The website for the strategic project: "Sustainable development of human resources for Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620)

Asociatia de Dezvoltare in Afaceri (ADA) is launching the website for the strategic project "Sustainable development of human resources for Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), co financed by the European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013. The site can be accessed at www.turism-rural.asociatia-ada.ro, those interested could find information about the project "Sustainable development of human resources for Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620) and its objectives, the national and trans national partners involved in the project , strategic partnerships as well as activities and events unfolded within the project. The project, cofinanced by the European Social Fund has as goal investmnets in human resources, the most important resource in a knowledge based economy, especially of human resources from rural areas, regarding access ans sustaibanle development in emplyment on a flexible and inclusive labor market. The target group of the project is made of 1500 people belonging to several social categories from rural areas. The target categories vised by the projects are: employees, managers, job seekers, inactive persons, people employed in subsistence agriculture, unemployed. Supporting these people will involve the implementation of several activities, grouped into three components.

According to MS. Otilia Manta, Project manager, the launch of this site "represents the materialization of the objectices that we had set within activity A.2.2 - Realization, updating web page on the solicitant's site for information regarding the objectives, activities, results within the project and providing the information and communication platform with the partners within the project and, especially, with direct and indirect partners of our project. The website offers this possibility to communicate through its content and also shape, being easy to access and very functional. The site offers an axcellent promotion to the project and the activities which unfold within it. In conclusion, i am inviting all those interested to learn what's new in unfolding the strategic project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620) and to access the internet address www.turism-rural.asociatia-ada.ro".

15 partnerships concluded in Crete

Asociatia de Dezvoltare in Afaceri (ADA) together with its partners within the strategic project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620) organized a study visit to Greece, July 19-26, 2010, in order to realize a transfer of experience and best practices in the field of sustainable development of human resources from rural tourism. Among the objectives of this action were: collecting information on site through practical visits, seeing successful experiences in the field of rural tourism, as well as concluding partnerships with similar institutions from Greece. Thus, 15 partnerships were concluded with organization or group of organizations from Greece, aspect which offers a good opportunity to better mutual knowledge.

The hosts for the Romanian delegation were the transnational partners within the project - GNTO (Greek National Tourism Organization) and ANCE (Athens Network of Collaborating Experts). The study visit was part of the activity A6: "Development of transnational partnership for exchange and integration of good practices in the development of rural tourism, in the perspective of diversifying the rural economy, promotion of equal opportunities, environment and cultural heritage protection in rural environment", in the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620).

Ms Otilia Manta, Project manager, appreciated the study visit to Greece as a real success, managing to "Bring into foreground best practices from the sector of Greek rural tourism and to provide, in the same time, the transfer of knowhow and experience of the main actors from the Greek rural tourism towards those who activate in the Romanian rural tourism".

Study visit to Greece

Asociatia de Dezvoltare in Afaceri (ADA) together with the partners from the strategic project "Sustainable development of human resources from the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620) is organizing a study visit to Greece, July 19-26, 2010, for transfer of experience and good practices in the field of sustainable development of human resources from rural tourism.

Among the objectives of this action there are: collecting information on the spot, through actual visits, seeing successful experiences from the field of rural tourism, as wel as concluding partnerships with similar organizations from Greece.

The delegation to Greece includes representatives of the national partners involved in the implementation of the project "Sustainable development of human resources from the Romanian rural tourism!": Asociatia de Dezvoltare in Afaceri (ADA), ANTREC Romania, RGIC Consultanta SRL, SC Formare Manageriala in Turism (FMT), Cardinal Jobs, SC Euro Link Consultants SRL.

The hosts of the Romanian delegation were the transnational partners within the project – GNTO (Greek National Tourism Organization) and ANCE (Athens Network of Collaborating Experts).

The study visit is part of Activity A6: "Development of transnational partnership for exchange and integration of good practices in the development of rural tourism, in the perspective of rural economy diversification, promotion of equal opportunities, environment and cultural heritage protection in rural environment", within the project "Sustainable development of human resources from the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620).

Workshop for transfer of experience: sustainable development of human resources in rural tourism

Asociatia de Dezvoltare in Afaceri implements the project "Sustainable development of human resources from the Romanian rural tourism!" which has as main goal the development of human resources from rural areas regarding access and sustainable development in employment, in non agricultural activities on a flexible and inclusive labor market.

The project "Sustainable development of human resources from the Romanian rural tourism!" is co financed from the European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resources Development 2007-2013 and National Budget.

Within the project "Sustainable development of human resources from the Romanian rural tourism!", a workshop will take place June 16-18, with the theme: general presentation of the rural tourism sector in Tulcea county, as well as tourism from Greece (strategies, programmes, national/regional projects).

The event will unfold in 3 days:

Day 1 - June 16: Presentation of the project , general presentation of the rual tourism sector in Greece (strategies, programmes, national/regional projects)

Day 2 - June 17: Presentation of measures strategies/programmes/projects which vised active measures of employment in rural environment, the evolution of training requests in the field of Romanian rural tourism, the analysis of good practices and trans national and national experiences, in the perspective of using them in the future, professional tours at boarding houses, successful stories from the Romanian rural area.

Day 3 - June 18: Practical action measures for the next period, conclusions.

The expected result after the workshop vises the successful implementation of activities from the first year of the project, including from the perspective of experiences and good practices in rural tourism, from other EU states, sent by the trans national partners.

Practical solutions for sustainable development of human resources in rural tourism

Business Development Association (ADA) is organizing, April 29, 2010, at the Parliament Palace, Nicolae Iorga Hall (entry access A3S2, Izvor Street) at 10.00 o'clock, the national launch conference for the project "Sustainable development of human resources in the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620).

The project, co financed by the European Social Fund aims to invest in human resources, the most important resource within a knowledge-based economy, especially of human resources from rural areas, regarding access and sustainable development in employment on a flexible and inclusive labor market.

The target group vised by the project consists of 1500 people from the rural environment, in the regions South West, South Muntenia, South East and includes several social groups. Thus, the target groups vised by the project are: employees, managers, persons seeking employment, inactive persons, persons occupied in subsistence agriculture, unemployed. Supporting these individuals will result in the implementation of several activities.

The implementation of these activities within the project will be provided by a partnership with 9 organizations such as: National Agency for Rural, Ecologic and Cultural Tourism and its regional structures ANTREC Mehedinti and ANTREC Tulcea, RGIC CONSULTANTA, Formare Manageriala in Turism - F.M.T., Cardinal Jobs, Euro Link Consultants, Greek National Tourism Organization - G.N.T.O.) and Athens Network of Collaborating Experts - ANCE.

The new ADA website

The Business Development Association (ADA) launches the new website which can be visited at www.asociatia-ada.ro. The ADA site will ensure better communication and information between members of the association and better promotion for ADA image. Those interested would be able to find at www.asociatia-ada.ro information about the statute of the Business Development Association, the activities it unfolds, the strategic partnerships in which it is part of, its members.

The Business Development Association is a non governamental organization which tries to impose itself on the market through the quality of services it offers and through the privileged relations with its partners; it is supported by a team of highly qualified and experienced specialists.

The Business Development Association wants to develop a network of prestigious partners both in Romania and abroad, working with business organizations, chambers of commerce, professional organizations and bodies of state administration.

According to Ms Otilia Manta, President of the Business Development Association, "ADA is the platform for a public dialogue - private and governmental and a real help in supporting initiatives both of association members and its strategic partners. ADA also contributes to creating an open dialogue with all concerned in a synchronized development with the objectives of the Business Development Association".

Partnership at a European level

The Business Development Association (ADA), represented by the President of the association, Mrs. Otilia Manta, signed a collaboration agreement with the Association of European Union Experts, with headquarters in Brussels. On behalf of the association the agreement was signed by Mr. Enzo Reali, President of the Association of European Union Experts. According to Mrs. Otilia Manta "this partnership represents for ADA an excellent opportunity regarding the collaboration without borders with the experts from European Union state members. Also, for us, it represents the recognition of the quality of European experts and the recognition of the expertise we have in consultancy". ADA intends to develop a network of prestigious experts in Romania as well as abroad, collaborating with business organizations, chambers of commerce, professional organizations, associations and bodies of state administration, thus providing its members the chance so is known at European level and to have such collaboration and partnerships. The Association of European Union Experts aims to, among other things, organize events, conferences and seminars on social, economic, political, technical, cultural and management topics which can create a favorable environment for the development and promotion of the European idea.

ADA in dialogue with European experts

Saturday, June 13, 2009, Mrs. Otilia Manta, the President of the Business Development Association (ADA), the representative in Romania of the Israeli Institute for Export and International Cooperation and program coordinator of Shavit Romania attended a teleconference of the Association of European Experts in Brussels. This interactive meeting was also attended by Ms Iulia Plato, organizer and coordinator of international cooperation programs, representing the Association of European Experts in Brussels, the company Zambila Klinger on behalf of Klinger GmbH Ingenieurbüro für Bauwesen, Handel und Industrieberatun, and other representatives of the Association of European Union Experts.

Information for welfare

Agro Terra Magazine, monthly publication of agriculture and environment continues the series of activities under the "Save rural libraries" program which was launched in 2005 by Romania's National Commission for UNESCO together with the Romanian Group for Investment and Consulting (RGIC) SA, having as aim to improve education in rural areas. In this new phase of the program, Agro Terra with ADA (Business Development Association) donated several urban cityhalls copies of Agro Terra magazine. This action aims to provide easy access to specialized information and training for rural residents, reducing inequality of opportunity in access to reading, information and documentation of the rural population compared to urban areas, improving lifelong learning environment countryside, raising the level of education and culture of members of rural communities, helping young potential talent for future training. Through involvement in this project, undertaken in partnership with ADA, Terra Agro added to the principal component, informing, education, thus contributing to rural progress.

AgroTerra and ADA supports rural libraries

In April, when AgroTerra turns four years since the launch, a total of 1,400 copies of the publication have been donated to several libraries in rural areas. The action, carried out in partnership with ADA (Business Development Association) is part of the programme of the Romanian National Commission for UNESCO "Save rural libraries", released in 2005 together with the Romanian Group for Investment and Consulting (RGIC) SA, which has the goal to improve education in rural areas. The specific objectives of this generous project in partnership include: facilitating access to specialized information and training for project beneficiaries, reducing inequality of opportunity in access to reading and documentation of the rural population compared to urban areas, improving lifelong learning in rural areas, raising the level of education and culture of members of rural communities, improving the school education and training of young people, supporting potential young talents for future training.