The Viorica Dancila cabinet adopted on November 9, a decision to revoke the right of free use, by the Mufti Muslim Cult of Romania, of a plot of land and its transfer from the public domain of the state and the administration of the State Secretariat for Cults to the state’s private property and to the RAPPS administration.
On the 11,000 square meters plot of land in the northern part of Bucharest, a mosque was to be built, evz.ro reports.
According to the Government decision, the right if free use by the Mufti of the Muslim Cult of Romania is revoked over the land-real estate stipulated in the Government Decision no. 372/2015 on the transfer of a real estate from the private domain of the state and the administration of the Autonomous Administration of the State Protocol Patrimony (RAAPPS) to the public domain of the state, the administration of the State Secretariat for Cults and to the free use by the Mufti of the Muslim Cult in Romania.
“The handing over-taking over of the real estate-land, according to the provisions of article 3, shall be made on the basis of a protocol concluded between the Mufti of the Muslim Cult in Romania, the State Secretariat for Cults and the RAAPPS within 30 days from the coming into force of the present decision,” the document reads.
The Government led by Victor Ponta allocated a land plot of 11,000 square meters in 2015 to the Mufti of the Muslim Cult, on the Bucharest Exhibition Blvd., where the community wanted to build a mosque, a library, two classrooms for the weekend school children and a social canteen for the needy, regardless of religion.
The Great Mosque project was posted on the website of the religious affairs authority in Turkey (tdvcamiler.com) in May 2017.
On May 11, 2016 the Mayoralty of District 1 had issued the urbanism certificate for the mosque that the Mufti Muslim Cult of Romania had planned to build on 22-30, Expoziţiei Blvd.
The District 1 City Hall conditioned the issue of the building permit for the worship centre on the approval of an Urban Plan. The Mufti Muslim Cult of Romania submitted, on January 26, 2016, to the District 1 City Hall, the documentation for the issuance of a town planning certificate, the stage prior to obtaining the building permit.
On May 27, 2015 the Government of Romania approved a decision to hand over about 11,000 square meters to the Mufti Muslim Cult of Romania to build a mosque of about 1,000 seats, on 22-30, Expoziţiei Blvd.
Officially, there are 67,000 Muslim believers in Romania. Most of them are in Dobrogea region, whereas 9,000 live in Bucharest.