On Tuesday morning, multi-lingual signs have appeared at the city limits of Transylvania‘s biggest city. Visitors can read now all the three historical names: Cluj Napoca (Romanian), Kolozsvár (Hungarian) and Klausenburg (German).
Civil group Minority Rights took the City Council to Court because previously liberal Mayor Emil Boc, who has been under huge pressure from Roman nationalists, was reluctant to allow the re-placement of the multi-lingual signs. A Romanian regional court ruled in favour of the multi-lingual signs back in February, however, Mr Bock announced only in April that he consulted with historians and lawyers and he would not appeal against the ruling.
The first multilingual sign has been erected at the Western limit of Kolozsvár today. About 50.000 ethnic Hungarians live in the city, about 16 percent of the population.
via MTI; photos: István Biró – MTI