President of Managing Board for Protection of Foreign Currency Depositors in BiH Amila Omersoftic stated that Slovenia refused to return savings to depositors of the FBiH whose savings were converted into privatization certificates, regardless of the fact that certificates were annulled by the Constitutional Court of the FBiH and could not be used in privatization.
Some of the depositors received informative billing and payment of savings, and one part of depositors is lacking full documentation, such as change of address, street etc.
“The key problem is that, however, Slovenia refused to return savings to depositors from the FBiH whose savings were converted into privatization certificates in the FBiH,” stated Omersoftic.
There are about 6,400 depositors from BiH who are claiming about 25 million EUR of savings.
She stated that in accordance with the law in Slovenia, depositors must start an administrative dispute at the Administrative Court in Slovenia, although the constitutional complaint is not an effective remedy since the majority of depositors sent such a complaint to Slovenia.
“Now, the Administrative Court of Slovenia is asking from them to engage an authorized person
in Slovenia within 20 days, which is very short term, or to pay 148 EUR of dues each, as a precondition to consider their complaint,” said Omersoftic, adding that depositors do not have the money for disputes and that they will notify the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Depositors are putting their trust in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, which issued a verdict last year that Slovenia has to pay off old foreign currency savings to depositors from BiH and Croatia, which they had in Ljubljana Bank.