President Klaus Iohannis welcomed on Monday Prince Charles at the Cotroceni Prince, with talks focusing on Romania’s extraordinary rural tourism potential and the continuation of actions for the preservation of the natural heritage and traditional architecture, the Presidential Administration informs.
According to a release, the Prince of Wales, currently on a private visit to Romania, praised the hospitality and openness whereby he is welcomed each time he visits Romania.
At the beginning of the talks, the two officials insisted that the meeting highlights the extraordinary quality of bilateral relations and also contributes to their development and continuity.
According to the source, President Klaus Iohannis thanked the Prince of Wales for the visit, but also for the significant contribution to the conservation and preservation of the traditions of Transylvanian rural communities.
The main topic of discussion was the mission and role of “The Prince of Wales” Foundation in Romania aimed at supporting heritage preservation, Rosia Montana, Romania’s farming and sustainable development.
President Iohannis reiterated his desire and willingness to support the initiatives designed to improve and maintain Romania’s natural and cultural heritage. During the meeting, Klaus Iohannis underscored the importance of keeping and promoting Romanian traditions, the need to develop and implement sustainable development policies, with particular focus on the development of rural areas, the release says.
Both the Prince of Wales and President Klaus Iohannis agreed on the need to preserve biodiversity, protect the environment by finding solutions and alternative methods of waste storage and reuse, provide incentives for businesses to protect and develop the environment, and encourage organic agriculture, the release said.
In this context, the head of the state mentioned the successful project of the Vacaresti Natural Park, Europe’s only urban natural protected park, and invited the Prince of Wales to visit it.
At the end of the meeting, the two officials expressed their consent to mutually support initiatives designed for the implementation of programs that ensure the transfer of expertise and best practices for social accountability and awareness of Romania’s potential and unique resources, the Presidential Administration said.
Ciolos, Prince Charles discuss aspects on protecting cultural heritage
Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos welcomed Prince Charles at the Victoria Palace on Monday, on the occasion of the royal’s visit to Romania.
“During the talks they approached aspects regarding the protection of the cultural heritage, biodiversity, forestry, sustainable rural development. The high guest presented the stage of the main projects he is conducting in Romania. On this occasion, the Prime Minister thanked His Royal Highness for the outstanding involvement in preserving biodiversity and sustainable development in Transylvania, through the foundations he chairs,” reads a Government release.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Opens New Training Centre in Romania
According to a release of the British Embassy, His Royal Highness will spend most of his time privately in Transylvania but will travel to Viscri to publicly open ‘The Prince of Wales’s Training Centre’ to mark the first anniversary of his Foundation – Fundatia Printul de Wales.
Launched by the Prince of Wales on 2 June 2015 and based in Viscri, central Romania, ‘The Prince of Wales’s Foundation Romania’ (Fundatia Printul de Wales), PWFR, is an educational charity which supports architectural heritage preservation, farming and sustainable development in Romania. The main goal of the charity is to bring skills and knowledge to rural communities to support local people and help them to become employable.
The new training centre is based in Viscri, Brasov County. The old barn has been converted into a training centre while the old house has been extended to accommodate apprentices from across the country. This year, the Foundation will offer 12 courses which will benefit around 150 people from rural areas predominantly from Transylvania and Moldavia.
While visiting Viscri last year, The Prince of Wales said he hoped that his Foundation will be able to use the barn “in particular for educational and training purposes and skills development, which I hope will contribute a little bit to furthering skills and opportunities for employment”.
The Executive Director of The Prince of Wales’s Foundation, Romanian born Aura Woodward, has said: “The new centre is a dream comes true for His Royal Highness who has visited Romania for nearly twenty years and wishes to leave a legacy to our country. We will be able to put The Prince of Wales’s vision on sustainability, farming and heritage preservation into practice here through educational programmes.”
The training centre currently hosts the first traditional fabrics’ course welcoming apprentices from Bucovina, the Maramures, Bucharest and Transylvania.