The Case That Never Was
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In one of the most in-depth and far-reaching investigations RTÉ Radio 1 has ever undertaken, an international recruitment company is taken all the way to the European Court of Justice by one of its workers.

The only problem is that the worker at the heart of it all knew nothing about it...

It was only in January 2015, during an interview for this radio documentary, that Polish man Bogdan Chain became aware of a legal case in his name: 'Case 189/14, Bogdan Chain v Atlanco' at the European Court of Justice.

The case originated at a district court in Cyprus and centres around social insurance (PRSI) payments. Bogdan Chain was previously employed by Atlanco, an international recruitment company headquartered in Dublin but registered in Cyprus.

After Bogdan discovered, through the Documentary On One, that his identity had been misused, he tried to stop the legal action in his name going any further by writing to the European Court of Justice to tell them the case was bogus and had nothing at all to do with him.

He was largely ignored and the case, Bogdan Chain v Atlanco, went ahead at the European Court of Justice on 12 March 2015, despite Bogdan’s protestations.

'Documentary on One: The Case That Never Was' examines how Bogdan Chain v Atlanco could go so far, tries to find out who took this case - and how Bogdan Chain’s identity was used without his knowledge.

Arising directly from inquiries made by this investigative documentary, the Cypriot Attorney General withdrew the case in Cyprus and ordered a criminal investigation.

As a result, the European Court of Justice dismissed Case 189/14 Bogdan Chain v Atlanco in June 2015, a case which had the potential to shape important EU law on social insurance for millions of migrant workers around Europe.

Yet the Polish man whose name almost made legal history is still wondering how this all happened.

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