BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A real estate investor is suing Romania after an appeals court upheld a ruling halting work on an office building in Bucharest.
Eyal Ofer, co-chairman of Miller Global, a U.S.-based real estate company, told reporters Thursday the company is suing Romania at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. He claims the company has lost euro25 million ($35 million).
An appeals court in Suceava this week upheld a 2006 ruling that temporarily stopped work on Cathedral Plaza after Bishop Ioan Robu sued, claiming the 19-story building had not obtained authorization from Bucharest city hall.
Robu has also claimed the building was a risk to the foundation of the nearby 19th-century St. Joseph Cathedral.
Ofer says Miller Global has all the required permits and pays tax on the building.