„This is my first cooperation visit in Transylavania and Maramures. We have talked about a few projects with the local authorities and the county ones. It is our interest to attract Austrian investors to Maramures.
We have 5,400 Austrian firms operating in Romania, most of them confirmed that they will remain here despite the economic crisis, even though the situation is not easy. For the year 2010, I hope we will bring new investors, wanting to come to this region of Romania,” said the Austrian ambassador.
The Austrian diplomat opened a project on „The road of Jacob to the east,” a road of Christian pilgrimage, identical with the Mediaeval road of pilgrims for arriving at the tomb of apostle Jacob from Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The project would start from Austria up to the monasteries from Bukovina, north-eastern Romania, with the route including the counties of Maramures and Satu-Mare, north-west.
„I hope we will also invest in the field of tourism. The pilgrimage crosses the counties of Satu Mare and Maramures. We have started the preparations, we hope that after the presidential election, we will be able to sign a memorandum for Romania for this pilgrimage, ” Echtinger also said. According to the Austrian diplomat, this will be the first ecumenical pilgrimage in Central Europe.