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Sorin Cimpeanu: Most schools, universities, other public institutions too lack necessary safety certification

Acting Prime Minister Sorin Cimpeanu said on Tuesday that not just many schools lack the required operation approvals, but also some universities and public institutions.
“A good part of Romania’s schools, and not just the schools, but universities and public institutions as well, lack the necessary certification. We are now at a moment when we decided to verify the consistency of the regulations, and complex risk surveys will be required for fire, explosion and earthquake hazard. Therefore, the involvement of the experts, of the academic community as well, is extremely welcome,” Cimpeanu said according to Agerpres.
The acting Premier said that the relevant legislation was amended in 2006 so as to allow the schools operating in older buildings to not seek certain approvals.
“We have a Government Resolution from 1992, we have an amended law dating from 2006, we have all sorts of regulations that suspend or regulate the absence of the certificates for the schools built before a certain date, so these are all things we need to check and set in a natural consistency,” Cimpeanu explained.
The acting Premier participated on Tuesday in a conference organized to mark 75 years since the 1940 quake, on which occasion he said that a debate on assessing the effects of quakes, earthquake hazard and the seismic retrofitting of the buildings is highly actual in the context of the recent tragedy occurred at the Colectiv nightclub.
“Now, as we all know what happened, we are in an adequate sensitive state as regards the importance of these aspects,” the acting Premier also said.
Romania experienced the first major earthquake in its contemporary history 75 years ago; the quake, with magnitude 7.4 on the Richter scale, hit on November 10, 1940 at 03:39 hrs and lasted 45 seconds. According to other studies it measured 7.7 in magnitude.
The epicenter was in the region of Vrancea, at a depth of 133 km. The most serious effects of the quake were in the south and centre of Moldavia and in northern Muntenia. The town of Panciu was 90 percent flattened, and the towns of Focsani, Galati, Marasesti, Tecuci and Iasi also suffered extensive destruction.


Mixed ISU and ISC teams will perform a risk assessment

Acting Prime Minister Sorin Cimpeanu announced on Tuesday that in the next period, joint teams of the Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (ISU) and the State Inspectorate for Constructions (ISC) will perform a comprehensive assessment of the fire, explosion and quake risks of various buildings and will issue provisional certificates for the institutions that lack such documentation.
“Mixed ISU and ISC teams – we’ll see if other factors also need to be involved in this process – will perform a risk assessment, taking in consideration the fire, explosion and earthquake risk. (…) I think this is necessary, given the large number of institutions that don’t have such certification, namely to regulate a transient situation, conduct a sort of provisional certification process to verify the most important elements. I would cite the example of the escape plans in schools, but this is not the only element we have in attention, because we must begin from somewhere in order to sort things out,” Cimpeanu told a press conference at the seat of the Ministry of the Internal Affairs.
He added that the authorities are also looking at the legislative framework that regulates the licensing procedures.
“We are already analyzing all regulations to ensure legislative consistency. We have a Government Resolution from 1992, we have an amended law dating from 2006, we have all sorts of regulations that are not always consistent,” said the acting Prime Minister.

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