The government modified the Law that sets compensations for the rightful owners of nationalised houses, 6 months after the Executive took responsibility for this document, which had been previously agreed by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) following long consultations. The amendment, already passed by the government and sent in Parliament as a draft law, gives mayors ‘the lion’s share’ in the compensation process, as they will be the main authorities that will decide the compensations granted to the owners who were abusively expropriated by the communist regime. Owners’ representatives say that the change does not affect them.
The new draft law, recently passed by the government (announced on the ANRP site on September 17) gives mayors more freedom in the properties retrocession process. The modification was demanded by the Romanian Association of Communes (ACOR), which signed on September 12 an accord with the government, initialled by Deputy PM Liviu Dragnea. By this document, the government pledged to operate a series of legal changes in favour of mayors, such as exonerating them from criminal responsibility in the signing of some administrative documents and granting of notarial attributions to the secretaries of mayors’ offices. Another promise included in the accord with mayors, at point 6, is to modify the law on properties.