Polish companies and citizens claim PLN 20bn from the state

26-03-2008, 10:32

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – There are over 2,000 cases against the state. Claims amount to nearly PLN 20bn (EUR 5.7bn).

The Public Prosecutor’s Office, the lawyer’s office defending the Polish state, summed up two years of its operations. A special report “PB” has got access to states that last year claims of PLN 12.1bn had been submitted (Eureko’s claim is not included). This means that the value doubled as compared to 2006 when the claims amounted to PLN 7.2bn.

“The substantial upward trend is due to clear law stating that the state is responsible for mistakes made by clerks”, Marcin Dziurda, the Public Prosecutor’s Office CEO.

The office has been operating since 2006. Within two years, it has represented the state in 2,930 processes. 1,046 of them were concluded, in 586 of them, the Public Prosecutor’s Office lawyers won. Polish citizens won in only 50 cases and received PLN 33.7m of claims. The remaining cases ended with conciliation most often.

“Thanks to the fact that we won, the state needn’t have to pay out PLN 2.2bn of claims. The hardest cases are still to be viewed”, Marcin Dziurda admitted.

The most popular are the cases of companies fighting against wrong decisions of tax authorities which destroyed them. Optimus and JTT Computer PC producers and distributors are the most popular ones. There have been thousands of such companies but very few decided to go to court. In the years 2006-7, 69 court cases connected with tax problems were started and 43 were concluded. The state won in 13 cases, only two were won by taxpayers who received PLN 65,000 of compensation while 28 were concluded with conciliation decision. In 2008, further processes with claims worth PLN 223m were launched. Elektrim Megadex claims the highest amount of money: PLN 213m. Then, there are Centrozap Katowice with PLN 100m, MCI Management with PLN 38.5m and Optimus with PLN 36m.

(PLN 1 = EUR 0.283)


 

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