Bucharest’s District 1 Municipality has issued on April 11 the urban planning certificate for the mosque to be built by Romania’s Mufti Council on Bucharest’s Exhibition Boulevard 22-30.
The district authority mentioned in a release to Agerpres on Thursday that the certificate is a compulsory act of information, a mere legal step prior to the issue of the building permit; it does not authorize the beneficiary to actually build.
The authorization of the building requires a Urban Zone Plan, to be issued by the Bucharest Municipality, the District 1 Municipality mentioned.
The urban planning certificate informs the Mufti Council that the next step is to get the favourable opinion of the Bucharest Municipality’s chief architect; the Urban Zone Plan is drafted based on it and eventually approved by the Municipal General Council of Bucharest. Bucharest has six districts, each with its own mayor and municipal council; the city municipality has its own council and general mayor.
The project of building a grand mosque in Bucharest, first mentioned by former prime minister Victor Ponta in 2015, was again discussed in March by President Klaus Iohannis with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who promised Turkey’s full support. It stirred public controversies in Romania, where the majority is Orthodox Christian.