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Priorities, timeframes and payment [5/03/2007]

Specific priority criteria

The Commission gives absolute priority to examining claims submitted by the following persons:

- those who are seriously ill,
- direct victims,
- aged 75 years and over,
- in serious financial difficulty.

Timeframes for processing claims

These vary from one file to another and depend on the level of priority, the type of searches carried out in the archive departments or the nature of the spoliation. It is therefore difficult to give an accurate estimate. The CIVS has been awarded additional resources (human and regulatory) in order to meet the influx of claims.

- However, insofar as concerns material spoliation claims, over half are processed in under two years.

- In the specific case of bank-related claims, processing can take from one to six months.

Payment

The CIVS is not charged with paying the compensation.

The Commission is an independent administrative body which makes recommendations. It is the duty of the State (insofar as concerns material spoliations) to accept the recommendation, sign the decision and authorize payment of the recommended compensation.

- Where the Commission makes a recommendation for compensation payable by the State, this recommendation is forwarded to the Prime Minister’s office:

Compensation Unit _Department of Administration & Financial Services
18, rue Vaneau 75007 PARIS _Tel.: +33(0)1 42 75 80 00

The agents in this unit will get in touch with you in order to obtain any document necessary for the payment (bank details, BIC/IBAN code, address, etc.).

Compensation is paid by the ONAC

Office national des Anciens Combattants = National War Veterans Office
6, boulevard des Invalides
75700 PARIS SP 07 _Tel.: +33(0)1 49 55 62 00

On average a period varying from six to eight months is necessary for payment to be released after the recommendation is received.

Where the proposed recommendation is directed for the attention of other bodies (CDC, insurance companies, etc.), they determine the terms and conditions of payment in accordance with the agreements signed for this purpose.

- Payment of bank-related compensation recommended by the Commission is charged to the banks. Two separate funds have been set up and funded by the banks in accounts opened with the Caisse des dépôts et consignations (CDC). These accounts are administered by the United Jewish Welfare Fund (FSJU).

The Commission forwards its recommendation to the FSJU which orders the CDC to release payment of the compensation into beneficiaries’ accounts within a period of one month.

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