If they do not benefit from Law 189/2000, the Roma survivors must be helped to obtain their rights. The authority that grants the aid to the deported persons is the Pension Office of the place of residence of the survivor. (http:/www.cnpas.org)
The dossier that the survivors submit to the pension authority must contain the following documents:
An envelope for the dossier;
A written request in which the person should briefly mention the persecution and the period of deportation (the sample can be downloaded here
). If the widow/widower of a deported person is applying for a descendant's allowance, the sample application can be downloaded here
Copies of documents such as ID/birth certificate, marriage certificate, or death certificate (in the case of a descendant benefit for the widower/widow of a former deportee). When you submit the file, you must have the original documents with you;
Documents proving that the applicant was a deported person, these can be:
Documents from the national or local archives (from where they were deported). You can find out how to find the central and regional archives here
. If you do not have such a document, ask the archives for an extract proving that you were deported. You can find such a sample request to the archives here
. Based on these requests, the archives will look for information about the people who were deported, and if they identify them, they can issue a legal extract stating that the applicant was deported. This document (which costs 45 lei and can be paid by us from the project) is included in the dossier of the pension application that goes to the House of Pensions to which the applicant belongs;
Red Cross documents;
In the absence of the above documents, notarized statements of witnesses who can confirm that the applicant was deported and how long the deportation lasted (which is necessary for the amount of aid) are also accepted. It's desirable that these witnesses are already beneficiaries of Law 189/2000. A sample notarized statement can be found here
Some pension funds also accept copies of documents showing that the applicant who was deported in Transnistria has already received other compensation:
Copies of checks from OIM (International Organization for Migration)/Geneva showing that they have received Euros (1200 Euros, etc.).
When you submit the file for the allowance, the pension insurance officials will give you a serial number with the date of submission and the telephone number of the institution. Keep this and take care of what happens to your dossier. When the dossier is approved, you will receive the pension decision. It is very important that you keep all these documents. You can use them to prove to other authorities that you are covered by Law 189/2000 and therefore you can also obtain the other rights mentioned in this law, such as
Free transportation on public transport in the state; a free annual ticket for treatment in a health resort (a sample form can be found here
a free burial plot upon request (a sample form can be found here
); other facilities; if you wish to testify as a witness for another survivor, your testimony will not be considered unless you prove that you yourself are a deportee (proof of this may include the decision of the Board of Pensions); the decision of the Chamber for Pensions that you are a beneficiary of Law 189/2000 will also be accepted by the German authorities as proof of deportation if you want to apply for a German Ghetto pension.
However, if you have lost the pension decision and find it difficult to claim your other entitlements, you should contact the local pension office (in your place of residence) and ask them to give you copies of the lost documents. You can find a sample of such a request here
. After you fill out this form, you can mail or email it to the pension office. In order to identify you quickly, it is necessary to indicate your personal serial number (CNP) and the number of the file of your allowance in your application to the pension insurance (you can find it on your allowance (pension) certificate.
If the Pension Office refuses your request, we encourage you to request a written response from the Board and contact us as soon as possible.
If other authorities also refuse or delay the granting of the rights provided for in Law 189/2000, please contact us immediately.