SAR Report: Property Restitution: Why Did It Go So Wrong in Romania?

Beyond the judicial details of the restitution program, two traits set Romania apart in Central and Eastern Europe: the inability to decide between in-kind compensation v. financial restitutions, with successive laws creating confusion and overlapping rights, and large-scale abuse on both local and central levels, sustained by ambiguous laws and discrete judicial practices, apparent in the inexplicable discrepancies between the restitution processes of the one county and the next. SAR has initiated the first numerical indicator analysis of the restitution process, showing who is responsible and what they are responsible for. This preliminary report sums up the current situation. The full report is available in PDF format.

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