Stoen won't pay PLN 7m (EUR 1.8m) of fine

opublikowano: 16-01-2007, 15:32

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – Stoen will not pay PLN 7m of fine demanded by the Energy Regulation Office (URE), the court of competition and consumer protection decided.

Warsaw (Puls Biznesu) – Stoen will not pay PLN 7m of fine demanded by the Energy Regulation Office (URE), the court of competition and consumer protection decided.

Stoen, the energy company owned by German RWE and providing energy for Warsaw and its suburbs, was fined with PLN 7m by URE in November 2005. The reason: “failing to keep the network in the proper technical state” and “not fulfilling the concession provisions”.

“We felt like in Kafka’s “Process”. We were punished but we don’t know exactly why. At first we could only guess that it was because the isolator in Warszawa Poludniowa station broke down”, Wojciech Graczyk, Stoen representative said.

In October 2004 the breakdown of this isolator caused that the majority of Warsaw had no current. The aftermaths lasted several weeks. Stoen believes that URE cannot forbid to use these isolators. URE representatives believed that it was easy to not that the isolator was very old.

The court of competition and consumer protection SOKiK decided yesterday that URE fined Stoen because politicians wanted it. The investigation was started with a letter from then the Warsaw president Lech Kaczynski (today the President of Poland). The letter was not signed by him but by his employees who had no right to do this. There were many more mistakes.

(PLN 1 = EUR 0.258)

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