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Romania / High Court of Cassation and Justice / 2001/54/2011

Zuica Petrache et al. v The Central Compensation Board

Policy area:
Economic and monetary affairs
Deciding Body type:
National Court/Tribunal
Deciding Body:
Romania / High Court of Cassation and Justice
Decision date:

Key facts of the case:

The plaintiffs applied to courts to compel the Central Compensation Board to issue the compensation title for a building nationalised during the Communist regime and send it to the National Authority for Property Restitution. They stated that they had lodged a notification in 2001, that the local authorities had issued a decision to award compensation in 2007, that the file had been sent to the defendant, but no compensation had been awarded yet. The Craiova court of appeal decided in favour of the defendants and the High Court of Cassation and Justice upheld this decision. The courts found that the excessive duration of the administrative proceedings violated the plaintiffs’ right to property, right to have the application handled within a reasonable timeframe and the right to a good administration.