A single statutory provision has, in principle, removed the basis for state officials to demand original documents. The legislature has opted to trust enterprises in their dealings with the public apparatus to the extent that a copy of a document will suffice. This general rule, however, is subject to certain caveats, as Piotr Tracz of GESSEL explains.

In accordance with art. 29 of the Enterprise Law, an administrative authority may not demand production of documents in the original, as a certified copy, or a certified translation (or predicate its decision upon such production) unless submission of an original is expressly required by applicable laws. In this way, authorities which demand originals or notarially certified copies “just because” may find themselves on the wrong side of the law. (...)

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