Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and (r) Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta
Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland and (r) Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta

Court: Romania’s PM Victor Ponta calls for Communist-era property ruling deadline delay

Following his meeting earlier today with Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, Prime Minister Victor Ponta announced that Romania wants a delay in following-up a European Court of Human Rights ruling on property restitution.

Ponta said Romania will ask the court to postpone by 3-4 weeks its 12 April deadline for implementation of its judgment on the Romanian law on property restitution to allow for more consultations in Strasbourg. The ruling concerns the restitution or compensation in respect of properties nationalised or confiscated by the state before 1989.

In its October 2010 judgement in the case of Maria Atanasiu and Others v. Romania (applications nos. 30767/05 and 33800/06), the court held that Romania must take general measures to secure effective protection of the rights guaranteed by these provisions and adjourned examination of all applications stemming from the same general problem.

Ponta said Romania aimed to draft a law in full conformity with the ECHR decision.

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