Translated and adapted with permission by the Prague Daily Monitor
But more entrepreneurs, who say they have been harmed by the Czech Republic, are coming up with their claims.
The latest arbitration lawsuit against the Czech Republic has been filed by entrepreneur Georg Nepolsky, Aktuálně.cz reports. Nepolsky demands CZK 968 million before interest in compensation for his lost investment in underground water extraction for the food industry.
More to come
"About six lawsuits have been filed in the last few weeks. Two of them are worth almost CZK 1 billion. The Georg Nepolsky case is one of them," said Radek Šnábl, in charge of arbitration lawsuits at the Finance Ministry.
A long-dragging dispute over the Cihelna golf course in Karlovy Vary will also end up in an arbitration courtroom. German investor Peter Franz Vöcklinghaus has decided to claim CZK 620 million for a lost investment. Including interest, the sum will reach almost CZK 1 billion.
The other lawsuits are not that big. In March, the Finance Ministry received an announcement of a CZK 180 million dispute in another case labelled "Nepolsky vs. the Czech Republic".
The biggest lawsuit the Czech Republic is embroiled in is the CZK 20 billion arbitration with ArcelorMittal over the privatisation of the Vítkovice Steel steelworks from which Mittal was eliminated.
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Currently, the dispute has been shelved and both sides are trying to reach truce. Šnábl and Mittal both said a deal could be ready by the end of June.
Other big arbitration lawsuits include the Czech Republic's dispute with Investmart over failed Union banka. The lawsuit over compensation estimated at CZK 5-10 billion is in the hands of the London arbitration court which has ruled in favour of Nomura in its dispute with the Czech Republic.
"It will not be an easy lawsuit. Investmart will definitely use the IPB arbitrary proceedings to prove the Czech Republic treats banks unfair," says Šnábl.
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