Fact Check: Government Did NOT Pass Law Limiting Private Property Rights

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Fact Check: Government Did NOT Pass Law Limiting Private Property Rights No Limit

Did the government pass a law limiting the rights of people to freely use their private property? No, that's not true: the Romanian government has proposed an urban planning law that would shorten the time to obtain permits and authorizations for the upkeep and construction of outdoor spaces, including those that are privately owned, and de-regulate parts of the construction permit process. The plan is part of the EU's recovery and resilience plan for Romania, known as PNRR, and it does not infringe on the right to own or use private property.

The claim originated from a video (archived here) on TikTok by user @pichaku.picaku on November 1, 2023, with a caption translated into English from Romanian by Lead Stories staff that reads:

PLX418/2023; The state can condition your right to use your private property as you wish. Goodbye property!

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Thu Nov 2 08:12:20 2023 UTC)

The PL-x 418/2023 is a legislative proposal making its way through Parliament, which relates to urban construction and planning, and it involves the use of urban spaces and requirements for permits and authorizations for upkeep and construction procedures for outdoor spaces.

The legislative proposal is aimed at advancing Romania's urban planning commitment, as part of the EU's Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR) for the country, which the government says requires it to reduce by around 50% the urban construction approval and permit process from 270 days to 135 days to approve and issue construction permits.

The PNRR's Spatial Planning, Urban Planning, and Construction Code is designed to reduce commuting time and distance for the population in functional urban and rural areas by implementing what is known as the "15-minute city" concept in which people can access most of their daily needs or services within the distance of a 15-minute walk, bike or public transport ride.

According to a section of the legislative proposal, the code:

represents the basic pillar of the reform process and is of major importance for the acceleration of Romania's development process

There is no mention of a person's right to use or own private property, instead, proposal PLX418/2023 relates to the re-organization of rules and procedures governing the planning and construction permits process in order to reduce the time required to carry out urban planning projects.

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