Sinaia Municipality willing to manage Peles Castle

The Municipality of Sinaia (Prahova County) is willing to manage the Peles Castle or even take out a loan and buy it, as long as the lease agreement between the Royal House and the Ministry of Culture expires in March 2010. Sinaia Mayor Vlad Oprea told a press conference on Thursday that, in order to draw the attention of decision-makers, the Municipality had started a signature-gathering campaign in support of its initiative, from both locals and the thousands of tourists visiting Sinaia every week. Approximately 100 volunteers will work on the campaign. The Municipality will set up a tent in the Peles Castle courtyard, where the tourists will be informed of the initiative. Oprea said the local administration was also ready to take out a bank loan in order to buy the property ‘for a reasonable price’. The mayor said the Municipality’s indebtedness rate was ‘low enough’ to withstand the new credit.

On February 16, 2010, the solicitor representing the Royal House, Adrian Vasiliu, said the owners were holding talks with the Ministry of Culture for the extension of the lease agreement expiring in March and that the sale would probably start to be negotiated at the end of 2010 or afterwards, because the State currently doesn’t have the money to buy the castle. Yesterday afternoon, Culture Minister Hunor Kelemen said the only solution yet regarding Peles is to extend the rental contract with the Royal Family. “We will negotiate the contract with them, the preliminary talks have been successful.”

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