The applicants, Zygmunt Potomski, and his wife, Zofia Potomska, are two Polish nationals who were born in 1937 and 1939 respectively and live in Darłowo (Poland). The case concerns their complaint that they were prevented from developing land in Rusko which they had bought from the State in 1974 because the authorities subsequently decided to list the property, formerly a Jewish cemetery, in the register of historic monuments.
In particular, they complained that the authorities had failed to expropriate their land or provide them with an alternative plot on which they could construct a house as originally intended. They relied on Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 (protection of property).
In its principal judgment of 29 March 2011 the Court held that there was a violation of Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 and further held that the question of the application of Article 41 (just satisfaction) was not ready for decision and reserved it for a later date. The Court will decide on this question in its judgment of 4 November 2014.
Press release ECHR 313 (2014) 29/10/2014