Royal Property Restitution: new documents submitted by Simeon of Bulgaria

This post has initially been published in Diana Madache’s weblog on royal history and deals with the increasingly difficult issues of property restitution faced by the King of Bulgaria and his family in their quest to recover abusively confiscated property during the communist regime. There is stiff opposition against restitution by many political circles in Bulgaria, especially from parties situated at the extremes of the political spectrum: communists and nationalists alike. What is happening in Bulgaria is also mirrored in Romania and Serbia, although on a more muted level, but nevertheless raising serious doubts about the commitments to fulfill the democratic property rights assumed by the post-communist regimes in those countries. Romania, as Bulgaria, is an EU member, which also has a deeply corrupt political elite, with a long anti-monarchic tradition inherited from the communists and inter-war extreme right nationalists. That elite has also grown accustomed to use royal properties for their own pleasure and interests ever since the communist times and finds it hard to renounce now to those perks. Those specific impediments add to the current difficulties faced by the Romanian royal family in completely recovering its rightful property.

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King Simeon of Bulgaria 

King Simeon of Bulgaria has submitted documents showing he has all rights to deal with the royal property in Bulgaria. The letter of attorney has been issued on December 20, 1999, in Munich, and is signed by five of Simeon’s relatives giving him all rights to manage the property of Bulgaria’s Tsars Ferdinand I and Boris III. The information was announced on September 24 by Simeon’s press secretary, Tsvetelina Uzunova, and was revealed in connection with statements coming for the Chair of the Parliamentary Anti-Corruption Committee and leader of the far right Order, Law and Justice party, who is questioning the royal property restitution in Bulgaria. The date of the letter is one year after the Bulgarian Constitutional Court declared the Nationalization of the Private Property of the Bulgarian Royal Family Act illegal. Simeon of Bulgaria had further submitted with the Parliament and other State institutions additional documents showing the relations with his family have been settled clearly and according to the law. [Source: Sofia news agency] ©Diana Mandache’s Weblog Royal History

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