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May 17, 2021

Bucharest District 4 Mayoralty to approve building Colectiv fire victims’ memorial

The Bucharest District 4 Mayoralty is ready to approve a request from the Colectiv Association for the construction in Bucur Square of a memorial of the October 2015 Colectiv club fire victims, acting Bucharest District 4 Mayor Daniel Baluta said Monday.

He told a news conference that the project submitted for approval is designed by the Colectiv Association, so as to dispel any discussions over the matter at hand.

“We have had many conversations with the Colectiv Association. We will do our best to support them, but I would rather they requested it officially as well. We wait to see what location they choose; they want the Bucur Square,” said Baluta.

The Colectiv Association asked the Bucharest District 4 Mayoralty for an agreement in principle over the construction of the monument in Bucur Square that will be officially registered with the mayoralty’s registration office.

Eugen Iancu, the father of a young man who died in the Colectiv fire, told Agerpres that the memorial should symbolise “the youth of the children who died there.”

“If we want to make a project we need permits. We are currently working on such a plan and I believe in two months’ time we will come up with a final idea for the monument. We know that the people want to help us with projects and plans, but we want to make the project ourselves and not the Presidency, the Government, the Mayoralty or anyone else. We want to design the project ourselves. We have architects who have survived the fire and architects who, unfortunately, died in the fire, and we want the project to be our creation. It will be a competition of ideas among us; we would like to carry it through this year and in two months’ time to have the idea for the project completed. We want to cooperate with the city hall so that what we do will be legal and wonderful. We do not want some big monument, of say 50 m, just a small and beautiful one that symbolises the youth of the children who died there,” he said, according to Agerpres.

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