Property expropriated byTito’s regime, Croatia attempts to deny restitution to non-Croatian citizens

Posted on March 28, 2012


But President Josipovic opposes plan

  It is a news item that won’t please Brussels nor the international community, if confirmed. A Croatian government official was quoted in the “Novi List” Croatian daily newspaper as saying that Premier Zoran Milanovic has intentions of modifying the constitution to impede foreign citizens from regaining possession (or being recompensed) of property seized from them after World War II by the Yugoslav communist regime, under Tito. According to this font, there are two possibilities: either the one just stated, or else the rule requiring those involved to have Croatian citizenship. .is second option was already proposed by the Croatian government in 1999, even though the Croatian constitutional court ruled it to be discriminatory. .is prickly subject, which is in stark contrast to European norms, prompted Ivo Josipovic’s declaration. He is a social- democrat, and has expressed his unfavorable opinion. A law such as the one proposed would put Croatia’s entry into the Eu, scheduled for July 1     st, 2013, at serious risk. “Restitution or compensation, “stated Josipovic “must be equal for all. Of course, this does not change the fact that Croatia cannot pay back the total amount that may be requested. .e compensation, even symbolic, needs to be an acquired fact, since it has to pay back injustices that were perpetrated 60 years or more ago.” .e idea of changing the constitution to make non-citizens ineligible simply isn’t feasible. “.is would go against both European principles and policies already in place in many countries. We can’t allow this, as it risks souring our good relations with the Eu and the United States.”

( Difesa Adriatica, trad. Ballarin)

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