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May 25, 2022

Bucharest acting mayor: National Arena can open legally

Acting Bucharest General Mayor Razvan Sava says the Municipality has been issued upon its request a technical assessment from the Development Ministry with an expert report by a laboratory of Italy, so that legality may resume over the National Arena, as the stadium is classified in the B fire risk category.

“If we have the consent today, we will file it at ISU and only a formality is left from then on,” Mayor Sava stated on Monday. He pointed out that “right from the first days” he exerted “all efforts in order to reopen this stadium in legal conditions,” and thanked Deputy Premier Vasile Dincu for hastening the procedure.

”We are still waiting for an approval stamp from the General Emergency Inspectorate (IGSU), which is a mere formality now. I am glad that Mr Deputy Prime Minister Vasile Dincu has understood in the end that this is the legal path to follow instead of the one suggested by the so-called experts, who would suggest us to water the roof and bring more officers to the stadium on match days. That would have been ‘Romanian botching’ that IGS would have not accepted under the rigors of the law. I am also glad that we did not have to replace the roof. It would have been useless and costly. We are now on the right track. We now have a modern National Arena classified according to all the European standards that can open safely to sport events,” Sava said Monday in a Facebook post.

Likewise, Bucharest’s Interim Mayor stated that he will focus on managing the stadium because “RON 2 M are lost every year because of the lack of efficient management.”

The assessment board of the Standing Technical Building Council on Monday issued a technical assessment for the roof of the National Arena in Bucharest under a request from the JV Max BOGL – Astaldi business association, sources with the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration told Agerpres before the assessment was issued.

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