On 13 May 2013, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel and Minister Daniel Constantin signed at the Patriarchate Palace the Protocol of Collaboration between the Romanian Patriarchate and the Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development for promoting the Romanian village.
The purposes of the Protocol of collaboration between the Romanian Patriarchate and the Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development are the following:
-informing the inhabitants of the rural areas about the European funds for developing agriculture and the Romanian village through the National Programme of Rural Development, sustaining the campaign entitled the National Programme of Rural Development comes to your village, as well as through other programmes;
-promoting the traditional values of the rural communities in view of conserving and developing the spiritual, cultural, educational, social and natural patrimony of the Romanian village;
-organising meetings, seminars, symposiums, etc, for the inhabitants of the rural areas and their involvement in the cultural and educational projects in order to keep the Romanian conscience and identity;
-stimulating the youth of the rural areas in regard to entrepreneurship and understanding the importance of association and merging the terrains;
-organisation of certain activities in partnership in view of valuing the local resources etc.
The Protocol of collaboration between the Romanian Patriarchate and the Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development is concluded for one year time with possible extension through an additional document.
The earth is a gift of God and man has the holy responsibility to protect and cultivate it. This is why the collaboration between the Church and the Ministry for Agriculture and Lasting Development is a must so much the more as the Romanian village is old and poor now, needing active involvement of the youth in the projects of rural development.
The Orthodox parishes have always been involved in the development of the Romanian village through a spiritual, educational, cultural and social activity developed in the Romanian communities of the rural milieu, bringing an important contribution to the promotion and consolidation of the communities’ genuine values.