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May 17, 2021

UDMR’s Kelemen: Mayor Boc’s decision to place multilingual signs in Cluj-Napoca most correct

The leader of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR, opposition) Kelemen Hunor on Friday said in a press release that the decision made by Mayor Emil Boc to place multilingual signs at the entrance of the Cluj-Napoca city is the most correct.

“It is an important, long awaited step, a success of the Hungarians in Cluj and of the entire Hungarian community of Transylvania. This approach is the end of a multi-decade period, and now we could say the Funar (former nationalist mayor of Cluj-Napoca – editor’s note) epoch is truly ended and that there is a real chance for multiculturalism in Cluj-Napoca,” says Kelemen Hunor.

The Mayor of northwestern city of Cluj-Napoca, Emil Boc on Friday announced in a press conference that he is going to place multilingual indicators at the city’s entrances and exits in Romanian, Hungarian and German, as the locality was named at its establishment, during the rule of Roman Emperor Hadrian.

Emil Boc said that in order to have a correct formula that observes both the historical and the multicultural dimension of the city, he turned to the historians with the Babes-Bolyai University and following an analysis, they came to the conclusion for the city to be called Cluj-Napoca, Kolozsvar and Klausenburg, which will add to the name “Municipium Aelium Napocense Ab Imperatore Hadriano Conditum (117-138)” displayed on another sign.

“We shall have the first sign that will reflect the administrative name in the three languages and a second sign above that reflects our city’s historical dimension. This formula stresses our city’s historical dimension, from ancient times until today, as well as our municipality’s multicultural, European character. The solution forwarded by the City Hall mirrors a historical reality scientifically validated and least but not last, it is a solution that is further aiming to unite and not to divide the Cluj community. It is a European solution of the present times,” said Emil Boc.

He added that in this way, the lawsuit on the city’s multilingual posting would be put an end to.

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