PM Boc slams UDMR administrative regions plan

Prime Minister Emil Boc yesterday criticized a draft law initiated by the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), which provides the enforcement of five development macro-regions and dividing the country’s territory into 16 development regions. The project, which groups three counties largely inhabited by Hungarians – Harghita, Mures and Covasna – in one such region, was tacitly passed by Senate last week and will now go through the Chamber of Deputies.

Boc said that even if it passed through Senate, the draft law will undergo a series of changes in the Chamber of Deputies. “It’s clear that the current administrative region formula does not answer Romania’s needs anymore, (…) but I think this formula is inappropriate as well,” Boc said in an interview to Mediafax news agency. He added that both the ruling coalition and the entire political class will have to discuss the issue in order to come up with the best territorial restructuring plan. The prime minister denied rumours that UDMR, which is part of the ruling coalition with Boc’s Democrat Liberals, is putting pressure on the government to endorse the law.

Meanwhile, UDMR leader Marko Bela told Agerpres that both parties have agreed to have negotiations on the topic and reach common grounds as regards the necessary number of administrative regions in the country.

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