WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR GRANTING THE OPC LICENCE?
The first step is to check whether the applicant meets the formal and legal requirements. The Energy Regulatory Office also pays attention to whether the entrepreneur has sufficient material and financial resources to launch the activity. Moreover, their experience and knowledge of the industry also matters. All this influences the assessment of an applicant’s ability and capacity to sell liquid fuels. If the applicant does not have sufficient funds to begin the business activity, it will be necessary to provide collateral, e.g. in the form of a bank guarantee or a guarantee provided by a third party.
The second step is to submit an application. This should be done at the appropriate local ERO branch.
WHAT MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE APPLICATION FOR AN OPC LICENSE? AMONG OTHERS:
- Business plan
- Description of the applicant’s business to date
- Description of the applicant’s planned activities
Many other documents are submitted along with the application. Which documents will be necessary primarily depends on the individual situation of a given entrepreneur, e.g. whether they have already operated in a given industry, how they intend to conduct their business, whether they are present on a foreign market, what will be the legal form of their business activity.
Further proceedings involve submitting additional documentation and performing explanatory actions. It is often the case that the ERO President calls on the entrepreneur to submit special letters confirming that they meet the conditions necessary to obtain an OPC licence. Obviously, submitting explanations and supplementary documents prolongs the whole process, so it is advisable to be prepared in advance, or to seek the assistance of lawyers.
WHAT DOCUMENTS SHOULD BE ATTACHED TO THE APPLICATION FOR AN OPC CONCESSION?
When submitting the documents, there are several matters to pay attention to. First of all, some of the documents must be submitted in their original copy, e.g. information about a clean criminal record (both for the person submitting the application and for persons authorised to represent the company/management board). In addition, all submitted documents cannot be older than 3 months than the submission date to the Energy Regulatory Office.