The Romanian General Council approved the bill on local flags with a large majority voting in favour of the proposal on Wednesday. The new amendment allows administrative units: communities, cities, and counties to design their own flags, however it is not only the County Council that has to approve the flags before the local communities display them, but also the Romanian Government, karpatalja.ma reported.
Both the coat of arms and the name of the administrative unit can appear on the local flags, but the symbols and colours appearing on them may not represent other nations’ symbols and may not outrage the Romanian national symbol either. Furthermore, the local flags are only allowed to be displayed together with the flag of Romania and the European Union. The violation of the law constitutes a misdemeanour, which offence may result in a fine of RON 5 to 10 thousands (HUF 350-700 thousands).
The Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) agreed on the development of the legislation on local symbols with its coalition partners last March, and the Romanian Senate already voted in favour of the bill last autumn, thus it is only President Klaus Iohannis’ approval that is needed for its entry into force.
Earlier, Árpád Márton, the alternate parliamentary representative of UDMR, told to MTI that nothing prevents the administrative units from displaying their own coat of arms even on the Székely flag.
based on the article of karpatalja.ma
translated by Gábor Hajnal
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