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October 4, 2022

USR PLUS demands that culture minister withdraw draft law on historical monuments

Save Romania Union – Party of Liberty, Unity and Solidarity Alliance (USR PLUS) demands that the Minister of Culture, Bogdan Gheorghiu, immediately remove from public consultation and withdraw the draft amendment to the law on the protection of historical monuments.

USR PLUS considers that the normative act eliminates the decision filter of the specialists from the Historical Monuments Commissions when the real estate projects are made by experts certified by the Ministry and in this way it “opens wide the door to abuses on the historical monuments”.

“Reducing bureaucracy does not mean destroying cultural heritage. A draft ordinance consulted on the Ministry of Culture’s website removes the decision filter of specialists from the Historical Monuments Commissions when real estate projects are made by experts certified by the Ministry. In other words, the architect paid by a real estate developer or an owner to carry out an intervention project on a historical monument or construction in its protection area, with the approval of the Ministry of Culture, may give himself a passing mark. A legislative modification that opens wide the door to abuses on historical monuments in Romania is unacceptable to us,” reads a Facebook post of USR PLUS.

USR PLUS said it is unacceptable for a state authority to contribute to the “already advanced deterioration of urbanism in Romania” and called on the Minister of Culture to inform the governing coalition ahead of time about changes in the cultural sector.

Also the deputy director of the Municipal Administration for the Consolidation of Buildings with Seismic Risk (AMCCRS), Edmond Niculusca, demanded that the minister of culture “urgently” withdraw the draft ordinance amending Law 422/2001 on heritage protection, on the grounds that its provisions are “unacceptable”.


Culture minister on amending law on heritage protection: Model, from French legislation. It aims to debureaucratize


The Ministry of Culture reacted to criticism in the public space of the bill amending the law on the protection of historical monuments, showing that it seeks debureaucratization, digitization, accountability of professionals and updating procedures, “in line with social reality.”

According to a release sent to AGERPRES, the Minister of Culture, Bogdan Gheorghiu, specified that the purpose of the Ministry of Culture is to protect the heritage, but also to ensure to the citizens “a coherent set of rules, without obstacles and aberrant terms.” According to him, the practice of “running after the stamp” must be eliminated, and professionals must be aware of the responsibility of the attestation they obtain, which can be withdrawn in case of non-compliance with the legal procedure.

“The proposed model is taken from French law, where we know that the policy of real estate developers is not practiced to the detriment of heritage. It is an awkward bill for interest groups in this field. I do not want to believe that those who use terms such as ‘real estate mafia’ are in fact defenders of the certificates’ mafia. It is easy to throw away such terms, but I propose to limit ourselves strictly to the provisions of this text and we will note that they are in the real interest of the cultural heritage of Romania and Romanians. I emphasize that the Ministry of Culture issues only permits. The city planning certificate and the building permit are obtained from the local authorities,” said Bogdan Gheorghiu.

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