Former presidents of the European Commission (EC) Romano Prodi and Manuel Barroso use Romanian fountain pens bearing the name of the Romanian inventor of the device Petrache Poenaru offered by Chancellor of the West University of Timisoara (UVT) Marilen Pirtea (photo).
Prodi and Barroso, along with other renowned Romanian as well as foreign politicians, diplomats and business people, got the gifted pens when the UVT awarded them honorary doctorates.
“I am using a Romanian pen because I am an advocate of Romanian products where there is quality. Very few people in the world know that the fountain pen is an invention of Romanian Petrache Poenaru. The manufacturing factory of the Poenarus exists in Moldavia and we get them on order. There are several models of it, of quite high quality and at reasonable prices,” Pirtea told Agerpres.
The chancellor said he had been using the Petrache Poenaru patented fountain pen for more than five years, since she became the chancellor or UVT, because she is a promoter of Romanian products, especially when they are of quality.
“I am using such a pen to promote Romanian products. I have purchased for UVT special occasions such fountain pens via the UVT Foundation, and we give them to various illustrious European, national and internationals academics. The most recent fountain pen we gave as a gift went to Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos; it was a pen bearing the UVT logo, with a recommendation for him to write as many excellent decisions and laws for Romania and for us all as possible. Messrs. Prodi and Barroso got their fountain pens when we awarded them an honorary doctorate. Other recipients included incumbent Romanian ambassador to the US George Maior, Governor of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) Mugur Isarescu, thus promoting Romanian products and illustrious Romanians, as was Petrache Poenaru, all over world,” said Pirlea.
A Petrache Poenaru fountain pen costs between 300 and 600 lei (some 60 to 120 euros), depending on model.