Poland rapped by Brussels over preventive detention laws
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One of Poland’s leading entrepeneurs, the Berlin and Swiss based Pole, Marek Kmetko, will launch his new pro-business foundation in Brussels on July 9th with a dramatic appeal from lawyers and other experts to Polish government officials to help rather than hinder the life of businessmen in Poland. Poland’s perfomance in the EU is outstanding, and many experts, including recently the ‘Economist’ are trying to explore the source of its economic successes. However, the output could be even more impressive should the Polish authorities better support business and entrepreneurs instead of destroying companies because of reckless and irresponsible use of…
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The Kmetko Foundation invites you to the launch of their campaign to build a more competitive business environment in Europe The launch meeting will be held 9 July 2014 16.00 hours to 17.30 hours Press Club Brussels Europe 95 rue Froissart, B-1040 Brussels, and will be followed by a networking reception. Our first priority for reform is to bring the application of European law in all member states into line with the standards demanded by the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. For Poland, this means administrative reform in respect of the judiciary, the courts and the state prosecutors' offices, so…
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by Martin BanksThe newly elected European Parliament will be asked to examine alleged abuse ofpreventive detention measures by“politically motivated” Polish tax police andjudicial authorities.A former UK Europe minister says the practice does “serious damage” to Polish businesses and the country‘s internationalimage.The move follows the backlash against European Union immigrant workers which has seen the rise of populist nationalistpolitical parties in Europe.Parties such as the Front National in France and UKIP in the UK topped the polls as they campaigned against influxes ofimmigrants.These include Polish workers who,it is claimed, are unable to find work in Poland because of the “anti-business hostility"…
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Newly-elected MEPs urged to investigate plight of Polish tax police ‘victims ‘Polish justice ministry figures show that between 2001 and 2007 about 90 per cent of the publicprosecutors applications for pre trial detention were allowed by the courts. Monday, June 16, 2014The Polish authorities need to ensure that Poland stops being seen as the enemy of its entrepreneursMORE ON EUROPE Regions and business vouch for an effective economic subsidiarity Moldova "not yet ready" for European Union integrationTop expert says Ukraine crisis leaves EU neighborhood policy in "tatters" Europe still "suffering from the aftershocks" of thebreak-up of the Soviet Union Senior…
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By a special correspondent of The European Financial Review Polish tax police operate in a way unknown in other EU member states. Below, a Special Correspondent argues that the behavior of the tax police does serious damage to Poland by discouraging foreign investors or Polish citizens living elsewhere in Europe or North America who are not confident they will receive fair and proper treatment. When will Poland stop crude communist-era attacks on EU businesses (and home grown Polish businesses) trying to make a zloty in the country? In 2011, Poland secured $18.9 billion of foreign direct investment according to the…
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The European Union is being urged to intervene in a case that some say is reminiscent of the ‘black forces’ of Communism. Marek Kmetko (pictured), a Polish-born, self-made businessman, says he has effectively become stateless as a result of a long-running “campaign” against him by the Polish authorities. His case has now started to set alarm bells ringing at the heart of the EU with the European Parliament currently considering a petition about his case. Denis MacShane, a former Europe minister in the UK, has thrown his weight behind efforts to clear Kmetko’s name and get full compensation for the…
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BRUSSELS, April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Lawyers representing the Berlin based company K.u.K. Internationale Logistic, Handels und Beteiligungs Gmbh have initiated formal legal proceedings against Mr Kalecinski the District Prosecutor of Wroclaw and the local Tax office, suing for more than 10 billion euros in damages. K.u.K.'s lawyers allege that Mr Kalecinski has failed to supply any legal warrants for the seizure of property owned by K.u.K., for the freezing of company bank accounts or seizure of company offices in Wroclaw following raids by the Prosecutor's office in November of last year. Prosecutor Kalecinski claims to have sent by letter…
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"Brussels" has expressed growing concern at the "unaccountable" operations of the tax police in Poland. Business journalists and business lawyers in Warsaw are aware of the behaviour of the Polish tax police which dates back to communist era operations. But the high state authorities admit privately that they are powerless to reform the way some prosecuting officials work. After the Polish Foreign Minister assisted his French and German colleagues to topple the Ukrainian dictator it is may be time to solve an internal problem: the KGBish Polish tax police. It is said the country´s tax officials can detain without charge…
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Allegations have emerged that a "shadowy" organisation known as the “Grupa Spiskowa” in Poland may have been responsible for orchestrating the Smolensk air crash in 2010, which claimed the lives of the late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other Polish officials. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in December that the investigation had been extended until April 2014 and the wreckage of the plane would be handed over to Poland upon its completion. The “Grupa Spiskowa” is an informal organisation that has existed in Poland since the late 1980s, and which has been accused of assassinating targeted politicians and…
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A formal legal challenge is being mounted against a state prosecutor in Poland in the case of a businessman who has had his business assets seized. A spokesman for the company told the EBR website, “21st Century Poland has shaken off its Soviet past, but in some parts of the administration there remain some pockets of recidivism and behaviour more appropriate to homo sovieticus. The Berlin registered company K.u.K. - E.F.I International GmbH is taking legal steps to recover German-owned properties that have been confiscated in Poland by the Wroclaw Prosecutor’s Office without any court decision or legal warrant. The…
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