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Bill on Great Union’s Centenary, adopted by Lower Chamber

The Lower Chamber’s plenum adopted on Wednesday the bill on the Centenary of the War for National Unification (1916-1918) and of the Great Union.

According to the bill, the ‘Centenary of the War for National Unification’ Commemorative Medal and the ‘Great Union’s Centenary’ Anniversary Medal will be instituted.

“The ‘Centenary of the War for National Unification’ Commemorative Medal is awarded to civil and military institutions, central and local public authorities, territorial-administrative units, NGOs, as well as natural persons who keep alive, through their activity, to a special extent, the memory of the feats of arms and human sacrifices registered in the War for National Unification, who contribute to the protection of war graves and commemorative works and to the study of the history of the War for National Unification,” the bill points out.

“The ‘Great Union’s Centenary’ Anniversary Medal is awarded to natural or legal persons, public institutions and NGOs, local public authorities or administrative-territorial units that safeguard, cultivate, develop and present, to a special extent, the memory of events and personalities that contributed to the achievement of national unity and the creation of the modern Romanian state or that defend, through their activity or careers, the values in whose name the Great Union of 1918 was done. The distinctions stipulated in paragraph (1) are conferred, via decree, by the Romanian President, at the argued proposal of the Speakers of the two Houses of Parliament, of the Prime Minister, of the President of the Romanian Academy or of the Presidential Administration’s Department for Culture, Denominations and Centenary,” the bill adds.

Also instituted is the ‘Centenary Romania’ Parliamentary Medal, an award that will be conferred by the Romanian Parliament to the parliaments or other institutions of states that supported the efforts to establish the modern unitary national state of Romania and to the parliaments or other institutions of partner states that supported and support Romania’s Euro-Atlantic integration efforts.

“The Romanian Government will elaborate each year, by November 30, the National Programme for the Anniversary of the Centenary pertaining to the following year, which will be approved by Government decision. The Romanian Government will elaborate, by 30 June 2017, the timetable of activities for the commemoration of the War of National Unification in 2017. Central and local public administration authorities can organise events, ceremonies and activities related to the Centenary of the War for National Unification and of the Great Union. The activities included in the National Programme will be financed from the budgets of public authorities and of organising institutions. The Romanian Government, through the General Secretariat, will ensure the co-financing of activities included in the National Programme for the celebration of the Centenary. The Romanian Government will select the activities that will receive co-financing and will decide its value,” the bill reads.

The bill had been rejected by the Senate and the Lower Chamber was the decisive House.

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