The names of the city in Hungarian and German have been painted over recently on the trilingual place name signs marking the entrances into Baia Mare/Nagybánya. Red-yellow-blue paint (the colours of the Romanian flag) is more and more frequently used to hide Hungarian inscriptions on various signs. This case is particularly grave, given that it concerns 12 of the 13 place name signs in the city, indicating that this action was planned and prepared in advance.

The population of Baia Mare/Nagybánya totals around 115 thousand people, 10.3% of whom are Hungarian. Although this percentage does not reach the legally required threshold of 20% for putting up place name signs in minority languages, in 2016 the local council unanimously decided to put up multilingual signs.