Popeci’s Manor from Padea – a fairytale land

A tour aiming to popularize the European funds investments through PNDR started yesterday. The first such objective visited was Padea mansion, restored with European money, but also with the new owner’s, Constantin Popeci , own funds. The mansion was restored with 2.1 million lei.

The Agency for Payments for Rural Development and Fishing (APDRP) organizes, on 6-9 May 2014, in Dolj County, a visit illustrating the accessing of European funds on projects funded through the Rural Development National Programme (PNDR). On the first day, 28 people attended the event: representatives of Local Action Groups (GAL), of some NGOs and few farmers. APDRP organizes such visits in the territory for potential farmers or entrepreneurs who want to access European funds to be in dialogue with the beneficiaries of EU funds and officials, in order to understand the accessing mechanism


The mansion in Padeaseems a fairytale land

On the first day, those interested in attracting European funds via PNDR went to Dranic commune, where they visited the mansion in Padea, modernized with funds from the PNDR by the entrepreneur Constantin Popeci from Craiova.
Surrounded by a forest of chestnut trees, the renovated mansion reveals it’s visitors a fairytale land. Built in 1907, the mansion belonged to Nene Pop, who would have built it in honor of his wife, Relly, whose name is engraved on the front side of the mansion.
All that is known with certainty is that, in 1945, the building was converted into a preventorium. Children from poor and broken families were hosted there and were cared for with great love by a family of doctors.
A few years ago, Constantin Popeci bought the mansion, and now tries to recover the original furniture, which is in the homes of the villagers. The representatives of the owners say they found rooms showing that school activities were organized in there.


Currently, after being renovated with European funds through a PNDR project, the mansion was converted into a four daisies hostel, already introduced in the tourist circuit. “The mansion covers an area of ​​four hectares, including the surrounding park. The mansion was converted into a four daisies hostel. Several events have already been held here. The hunting enthusiasts are interested in it, because they can practice hunting in the area, but the mansion is for all those who want to organize family events, conferences and other events”, said Mihaela Gogoasa, project manager within Popeci Tour SRL.
In front of the mansion there is a forest of chestnut trees blooming this time of year and where bees are continuously swarming.
Legend has it that in the old days, the mansion would have hosted the king, participating in a hunt on the land of the area. To find out the truth, Constantin Popeci hired specialized personnel to make a thorough documentation of the manor’s past, in order to present a story of the places corresponding to reality.

How a ruin turned into a touristic jewel, accessing European funds

The building was completely renovated with European funds, maintaining the architectural style adopted by the man who built the mansion.
“It is a project that aimed at renovating a beautiful building. It was approved in 2010, and the implementation period was of 24 months. You can see the result: a particular building, a great property and a special location. The European funds were used to restore the mansion – it is a building built in the early twentieth century – which was remade. The project value was of 2.1 million lei, of which 840,000 lei were grant funds “, said Catalin Voiculescu, associate in the consulting firm Financial Corridor, a company that made the financing project for Popeci Company, the one that manages the manor.
At the end of yesterday’s visit of those interested in funds through the PNDR, the owners of Padea mansion received a proposal that could not be refused: to introduce that objective from the village Padea in Dranic commune in the international tourism circuit, so that more foreign tourists would be attracted in the area.
Popeci is considering to extend the domain in Padea, in order to provide even more comfort to those who are going to spend time in the oasis of greenery and tranquility. He wants to buy the land in front of the mansion, where a puddle is designed for those who want to go fishing. Currently, tourists who come to the mansion have the possibility to play tennis, go to the pool, hunting or simply to rest in nature.


Funding new PNDR: is launched a new session on May 20

The Director of The Agency for Payments for Rural Development and Fishing (APDRP) Dolj County, Daniel Popescu, explained that this month a new projects session is launched: “This year, there are funds for the modernization of farms, both for small farmers and for large farmers. On May 20 opens up a new session, which will end in mid-July. Those interested can opt both for activities in agriculture, which means the acquisition of agricultural machinery, establishment of vineyards, vegetables, fruits, but also related to animal breeding, animal shelters and others. ”
The novelty compared to previous years is that the PNDR funding applications may be submitted online, so the beneficiary no longer has to travel to Bucharest, as in the previous years.
For now, on the new PNDR website the guide of the applicant was not published and the representatives of APDRP from Bucharest, present yesterday in Padea, said that the projects will be filled out on the old guide, available at the previous program (PNDR).


Other investments using PNDR funds

In the following days visits to other places are scheduled: Dabuleni, Giurgita, Segarcea Tuglui, where visitors can see other investments made with European funds.
This event takes place in the EuroAgricultura campaign launched nationally by APDRP, to present and multiply information regarding the accessing and implementation of the European funds in Romania for Agriculture and Rural Development, said the organizers.


About the network of information multipliers

In Dolj County a network of information multipliers will be created, composed of about 50 representatives of the civil society.
Some of those present yesterday in Padea were skeptical about realizing an “operational” network of information multipliers about accessing European funds, especially since there is, at national level, another network similar to the one that EuroAgricultura wants to set, called the National Network for Rural Development.


Sectorial Operational Program “Increase of Economic Competitiveness”

Sectorial Operational Program “Increase of Economic Competitiveness” co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund “Investments for your future”

Craiova, 02.05.2013:

SC POPECI Heavy Equipment SA from Craiova announces the end of the project “Development of research infrastructure aiming at increasing competitiveness through research and innovation at SC Popeci Heavy Equipment SA Craiova”
SC POPECI Heavy Equipment SA, headquartered in Craiova, Tehnicii Street, No. 1, code 200440, Dolj county, will end, since 15.04.2013, the project Development of research infrastructure aiming at increasing competitiveness through research and innovation at SC Popeci Heavy Equipment SA Craiova”, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund based on the financing contract no. 332 of 14.07.2011, signed with the National Authority for Scientific Research, as Intermediate Organism, on behalf of and for the Ministry of Trade Economy and Business Environment as Managing Authority for the Sectorial Operational Program “Increase of Economic Competitiveness” (POS CCE). The total value of the project was 7,029,910.00 lei, of which 2,794,355 lei was granted financial assistance.

The eligible amount of FEDR grant was 2,319,314.65 lei, the eligible grant from the national budget was 475,040.35 lei and the project was ineligible to 1,441,200 lei.
The project was implemented in the city of ​​Craiova, for a period of 22 months.

The overall objective of the project is to increase the productivity of SC Popeci Heavy Equipment SA Craiova, in order to reduce gaps with the other countries of the European community and increase competitiveness in domestic and international markets through research and technological development.

Further details can be obtained from:

Project Manager – Ing. Constantin Marin


The Sectorial Operational Program

SC Popeci Heavy Equipment SA Craiova’s project “Modernization of the technological flow and introduction of new technologies aiming at increasing productivity and competitiveness on domestic and external market ” ends in March 2013. This project had as general objective the development of the company’s activity by endowment with new technological equipment, modernizing the existing ones and introducing new, non-polluting technologies in the manufacturing process, the sustainable development of the company and the increasing number of jobs.

The World Focuses on Oltenia’s Economy

The second edition of the Oltenia Regional Economic Forum (FERO) organized in Craiova brought together ambassadors and diplomats eager to find more about the business opportunities that this part of the country has to offer. The debates organized for each section of the Forum provided new and useful information both for farmers and for anyone interested in accessing European Funds.

Ten ambassadors, the Minister of Economy, Mr. Varujan Vosganian, representatives of local authorities from Dolj, Gorj, Olt, Valcea and Mehedinti, private entrepreneurs from Oltenia, representatives of the academic environment and many other guests attended yesterday the second edition of FERO. The debates organized at FERO took place in the morning, at the University of Craiova, in the presence of many participants. The event was opened by the organizer of FERO, Mr. Constantin Popeci, one of Craiova’s businessmen, who said that “we have to use marketing, to know and to promote the economic capacities that Oltenia has to offer”. The former Prefect of Dolj County, Mr. Nicolae Giugea, who was the co-president of FERO, mentioned that the purpose of having organized such an event in Craiova was “to put Oltenia back on Romania’s economic map”. The Rector of the University of Craiova, Mr. Dan Claudiu Danisor, thanked the Forum organizers for their efforts to have the Forum in Craiova, in these times of economic crisis and, addressing the representatives of the business environment, said that “they are those who keep us floating”.

The main purpose of FERO is to inform the ambassadors of different states about the business opportunities in Oltenia and to have such officials present them further, to the investors in the countries they represent.

Each of the vice-presidents of the county councils of Oltenia presented their county from an economic perspective. Mr. Cristinel Iovan, the vice-president of Dolj County Council said that there were “strong signals from important investors in the world who want to come to Dolj County”, but he did not name a certain company. Mr. Iovan spoke about the Craiova Airport, which will operate low-cost flights to Milan and to London, starting with this fall, but also about the Calafat-Vidin Bridge and the Craiova-Pitesti motorway that is to be built.

Mr. Ciprian Florescu, the vice-president of Gorj County Council, presented the top companies in this county and also spoke about the energy companies which “allowed Gorj County to become the energy heart of Romania”. He pointed out the most valuable resource of the county, namely human resources. “When Mr. Ion Calinoiu, the president of Gorj County Council, was asked by the Oltenia Business journalists which was the most important advantage of our county, from the economic point of view, he made it very clear: human resources”, Mr. Ciprian Florescu said.

The representatives of Olt and Valcea County Councils presented the most important companies, but also spoke about the investment opportunities and the agricultural, touristic and industrial potential of the counties.

Companies Ask Government to Communicate with the Business Environment

Mr. Ionut Simion, the representative of Pricewaterhouse Coopers Romania (PwC), explained for the audience what the business environment asks from the Government, such requests having been identified following the studies the company made. The companies want fewer administrative requirements, a more permissive fiscal regime and financial support for companies. As far as SMEs are concerned, PwC studies show that the top three difficulties that small and medium enterprises face are the reduction of internal demand, bureaucracy and excessive taxation. But “the biggest problem that companies have is that the Government takes these tax-related measures without consulting the business environment. Fiscal measures and public policies must take into account the needs of the business environment and such measures must be taken only after consulting the business environment, in order to become long-term measures”, Mr. Ionut Simion added.

The Minister of Economy Wants to Eliminate Stamps

The Minister of Economy, Mr. Varujan Vosganian attended the Forum and began his speech by saying that he was born in Craiova and used to live near the Madona Dudu Church. The Romanian official raised a very sensitive problem for Romania: elimination of stamps, following the lead of Western countries. “Close your eyes and imagine Romania without stamps. Romania should no longer have stamps. The elimination of stamps can be our way of forgetting about the past! The stamp represents slavery to bureaucracy”, the minister said, adding that the reindustrialization strategy project also provides for a section which proposes the elimination of stamps in Romania. Mr. Vosganian also said that money resources should be the fifth managerial concern of private entrepreneurs, while the first places should be occupied by information, communication, management and time, with money on the fifth.
Visit at the Ford Factory

Mr. Constantin Popeci’s companies offered Land Rover and Mercedes cars for the ambassadors who attended the Forum to use during their stay in Craiova. Foreign diplomats who attended FERO visited the Ford Romania factory. The ambassadors were joined by Mr. Varujan Vosganian, the Minister of Economy, and they all visited the factory which currently produces the Ford B-Max and the 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine.
Project for Reindustrialization

While at FERO, the Minister of Econmy, Mr. Varujan Vosganian, said that a strategy for reindustrializing Romania will be finalized by September. “We have identified 23 distinct industries in Romania and we will talk to 600 Romanian entrepreneurs. On Tuesday we talked to those in the textile industry, on Wednesday we had discussions with those in the pharmaceutical industry and on Thursday with those representing the furniture manufacturing industry”, Mr. Vosganian said.