Speakers’ Tour in April!

ARC2020 is organising a 10 day EU-wide Speakers’ tour on Land grabbing in Romania. The tour will see two speakers from Romania tour European capitals and cities between April 21 – 30th to highlight, debate and raise public awareness on the social, environmental and economic impact of large scale land acquisition by both, foreign and national companies. Find more background here.

It will build on a panel discussion that took place in January 2013 at Markthalle Neun in Berlin. The event saw a debate with farmers from Romania and Germany, with governmental and commercial representatives.

The Speakers

Attila Szocs

Mr Attila Szocs

Born in 1984, he holds a BSc. degree in enegineering and environmental sciences and a Masters in environmental and plant protection. In the past he worked as network administrator for companies consulting on EU agricultural funding. In 2009 he became project administrator of InfOMG one of Romania’s main anti-GMO campaign groups. Attila now works as administrator for EcoRuralis where he focuses on the CAP reform, land grabbing, seed issues and agroecology. He is also the ARC2020. correspondent for Romania and Bulgaria. Attila speaks English, Romanian and Hungarian and understands some German.

Dan Cismas

Mr Dan Cismas

Farmer and co-president of the EcoRuralis. He is a biodynamic farmer, planting vegetables, teas, and roses and he also produces cheeses and other dairy products. His farm covers 34 hectares and is situated in Topa, close to the town of Sighisoara. The farm is a popular destination for WWOOFers (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). Dan is fluent in Romanian and Hungarian. More information at http://fermatopa.ecosapiens.ro/

How to get involved

Within the ARC2020 Speakers tour project, funding is provided for the travel costs of the speakers and the translator. NGOs wishing to host the team and organise events would need to cover the costs accruing within their country such as accommodation, meals as well as potential costs related to hosting the event etc. Both speakers and the translator are happy to stay at private people’s home instead of hotels.

If you would like to host the team within the above dates and organise one or several events, please contact Stephanie Roth at campaign@arc2020.eu

Current confirmed dates