The EU has failed to uphold property rights
Using Slovenia as a case study, Sirc provides evidence that both the European Commission and the European Court of Human Rights have turned a blind eye to the failure to enforce private property rights – in particular the failure to implement restitution and denationalisation legislation. Consequently, since much of the property confiscated under communism has not been returned to its rightful owners, old communist managers still control a high proportion of Slovene businesses.
Sirc also reveals that the Slovenian judiciary is dominated by communist-totalitarian judges. This is not just a problem for Slovenia. Communist judges from the accession countries are now playing a significant role in the European Courts and in future may threaten the rule of law and property rights throughout the European Union.
*European Rule of Law in Danger: If Property Rights are the Foundation of a Free Society, Are Europe’s Former Communist States Free? The Third Section of the European Court of Human Rights Declares Evidence of Ownership ‘Inadmissible’, by Ljubo Sirc, IEA Discussion Paper No. 16.
**Dr Ljubo Sirc CBE is the Founder President of the Centre for Research into Post-Communist Economies (CRCE).