Presentations, Reports and Statements:

Property Restitution, Compensation and Preservation: Competing Claims in Post-Communist Europe, 1996 

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Title
Property Restitution, Compensation and Preservation: Competing Claims in Post-Communist Europe

Speakers
Delissa Ridgway, chair of the United States Foreign Claims Settlement Commission
Stuart E. Eizenstat, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade

Publishing Information
Property Restitution, Compensation and Preservation: Competing Claims in Post-Communist Europe. United States House of Representatives: Hearing before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, One hundred and fourth Congress; Second Session: 18 July 1996.

Date
18 July 1996

Description
This report addresses the United States Foreign Claims Settlement Commission's (FSCS) adjudication of the claims of US nationals, referred to as the "Albanian claims program", against Albania for expropriation of property by the former Communist state in the immediate post war era. At this hearing it was reported that the Commission had received approximately 300 claims for restitution or compensation, many concerning the years 1944 and 1945.

A statement reporting the success of the Claims Program reads: "Pursuant to the U.S.- Albanian Claims Settlement Agreement of March 1995, the FCSC most recently completed the adjudication of claims of U.S. nationals for losses suffered at the hands of the Communist regime which seized power in Albania at the end of the Second World War. The Commission adjudicated a total of 326 claims in all. The awards granted in the program were paid out of a $2 million fund provided by Albania under the 1995 agreement."

Source
Property Restitution, Compensation and Preservation: Competing Claims in Post-Communist Europe. United States House of Representatives: Hearing before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, One hundred and fourth Congress; Second Session: 18 July 1996.
<http://www.house.gov/> accessed 29 May 2002.

The United States - Albanian Claims Settlement Agreement can be viewed at the website of the US Foreign Claims Settlement Commission
<http://www.usdoj.gov/> accessed 8 May 2002
Homepage: <http://www.usdoj.gov/fcsc/>

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