Dirk Pohl was quoted by Dow Jones on February 23 in an article about how the European Court of Justice ruled illegal a German law that taxes branches of foreign companies at a higher rate than that of subsidiaries incorporated in Germany. Mr. Pohl said the ruling opens the way for other companies to demand considerable tax refunds. However, the ruling will have no impact on the future taxation of foreign companies in Germany. "The German government put into effect a tax rate of 25% for both branches and subsidiaries in 2000," Mr. Pohl said. "The only relevant point now are tax refund claims for the time before the legislation changed," he said.