During the 10 day ARC2020 Speakers Tour on Landgrabbing, taking place from 21 – 30 April, two experts on the topic from Romania will visit cities around Europe to raise awareness of the social and environmental impact that large scale land aquisitions is having in their country. On 24 April they were in , where they were able to highlight a specific case of an Austrian landgrabbers: Bardeau Holding.
Bardeau Holding is a group of companies owned by the 56 year old Austrian count – Andreas von Bardeau. The company operates in the western regions of Romania, focusing on crops as well as livestock. According to the group’s website, Bardeau holds 21,000 ha of arable land in Romania: owning 12,000 ha, and leasing 5,800 ha to the Romanian Agency of State Domains and another 3,000 ha to private smallholders. Bardeau also owns the oldest rice farm in Romania and is very involved in the lumber business, owning thousands of hectares of forests in Romania. In 2012, Bardeau Holding Romania had over 500 court cases open.