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THE ROMANIAN PARLIAMENT,
THE PRESIDENCY OF ROMANIA,
THE OFFICE OF THE ROMANIAN PRIME-MINISTER,
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,
THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND RELIGIOUS CULTS,
THE MINISTRY OF DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC WORKS AND HOUSING,
THE NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR HISTORIC MONUMENTS,
THE REGIONAL COMMISSION FOR HISTORIC MONUMENTS, BRAȘOV
THE NATIONAL AUTHORITY FOR PROTECTED AREAS,
THE UNESCO DELEGATION, BUCHAREST
THE UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE OFFICE, PARIS
THE BRASOV COUNTY COUNCIL,
ELECTRICA DISTRIBUTIE TRANSILVANIA SUD
Valuable historic houses in Transylvania are being defaced by electricity meters installed illegally on recently restored facades.
Houses from the 18th and 19th centuries are being seriously damaged in the villages of Crit and Mesendorf (Bunesti commune, Brasov county, Romania), even though they are located within heritage protection areas:
Crit: Rural ensemble “Strada Principala” including houses on both sides of the main street, between numbers 15 and 188. Historic Monuments List code BV-II-a-B-11660.
Mesendorf: Rural ensemble “Strada Principala” including all houses on both sides of the main street. Historic Monuments List code BV-II-a-B-11733.
According to Law 422/2001, any building interventions in these areas (including the installation of utility meters) require the authorisation of the Ministry of Culture. Both ensembles also have a protection zone of 200m all the way around, where the same conservation regulations apply.
The works are implemented by Filiala de Distributie a Energiei Electrice "Electrica Distributie Transilvania Sud", Brasov, through a contracted company. The owners of buildings were not consulted as to the manner and position of the installation of the new meters.
As obvious from the attached photographs, the work is being carried out in an outrageously careless and destructive manner, which in some cases affects the structural stability of the buildings. Some of these have been restored recently with funding from the European Union’s Culture 2000 and Leonardo Programmes.
For these villages, their cultural heritage and picturesque landscape are vital assets for economic development. Anything that spoils their authentic character threatens the future prosperity of these communities.
Alerted by concerned local residents, we, the undersigned, ask for an immediate end to these acts of vandalism and a serious investigation into the causes and persons responsible for this assault on Romania’s national heritage.
We also urge that such damage must not be inflicted on any other villages in the area, particularly the neighbouring UNESCO World-Heritage village of Viscri.
It is imperative that a solution is found for the installation of electricity meters without destroying the architectural, landscape and heritage value of these historic villages and towns.
- The Lutheran Church of Transylvania / Kilian Dörr, First Priest
- The Mihai Eminescu Trust, Romania & UK / Jessica Douglas-Home, Chairman
- The National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, UK / Sue Cassell, International Officer
- Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Norway / Terje Nypan, Senior Councillor
- Architecture. Restoration. Archaeology (ARA) Association, Romania / Stefan Balici, architect
- International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU), UK & Norway / Dr Matthew Hardy
- Horizon Foundation, The Netherlands / Jeremy Amos, architect
- Operation Villages Roumains, The Netherlands / Ton van Rijen
- Kalnoky Conservation Trust, Romania / Tibor Kalnoky
- Association of Ecotourism in Romania / Andreea Bell
- The American College of Sofia, Bulgaria / Thomas M. Cangiano, Director
- National Office of Cultural Heritage, Budapest - Sfantu Gheorghe / Reka Varallyay, art historian
- Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) / Dietmar Gross
- Open Europe, UK / Lord Leach of Fairford, Chairman
- Lime Technology Limited, UK / Ian Pritchett, Chairman
- Rotary Club, Romania / Josef Zihlmann
- Ecoplannet Ltd, Canada / James MacGregor, President
- MIMA Atelier, Romania / Manfred Mehrer
- Transilvania. aktiv- und kulturreisen, Germany / Sven Panthöfer
- Sterner Travel, Romania / Richard Sterner
- BBC UK / Anca Toader, Assistant Producer
- SumProject, architecture & engineering, Belgium / Bernard DECONINCK, architect
- Centre for Comparative Literature, University of Toronto, Canada / Maria Ionita
- Taurus Investment Holdings, LLC, Germany / Stephan Mueller, Director Investor Relations
- Brasov County Farmland Investors SRL, Romania / Dieter Zeiser
- Linda M. Cangiano, Bulgaria
- Herman den Dulk, The Netherlands
- Jean-Paul Van der Elst, Member of the Fortified Churches Workgroup in Holland and Belgium
- Susanne Chrudina, Germany
- Philip Gaches, conservation expert, UK
- Robert Farczadi, architect, Romania
- Dr. Jens Langer, Germany
- Mechthild Langer, Germany
- Dorin Boila, architect, Romania
- Henry Rumbold MBE, conservation expert, UK
- Roxanna McDonald, architect AA, RIBA, "Ion Mincu" Institute, București.
- Julien Dholllande, France
- Sebastian Szaktilla, architect, Romania/Germany
- Gerrit Timmerman, The Netherlands/Romania
- Tony Timmerman, The Netherlands/Romania
- Christa Richter, Romania
- Cristian Sencovici, Romania
- Jost Jürgen Schneider, Germany
- REGNAUD BENOIT, France
- Prof. dr em. Herman Van der Haegen, member of the Royal Belgian Academy of Sciences and Arts
- Prof dr em. Jenny Gierveld, member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and Arts
- Edward Schindler
- Arch. Nura El-Sayed, Owner house in Mesendorf
- Arch. David Batllés y Elias, owner house in Mesendorf
- Wilhelm Untch, Romania
- Livia Saplacan, Romania
- Claudia Fuss, Germany
- Toon Desimpelaere, architect, Belgium
- Monica Cosma, Romania
Some of the letters in support of this petition received by the MET:
- European Commission Directorate of Education and Culture, Lifelong Learning Programme. PDF
- Asociatia „Arhitecturã. Restaurare. Arheologie”. PDF
- Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Oslo, Norway. PDF
- Consiliul Judeţean Braşov. PDF
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