(Rio de Janeiro, June 6, 2008). PETRÓLEO BRASILEIRO S.A - PETROBRAS, [Bovespa: PETR3/PETR4, NYSE: PBR/PBRA, Latibex: XPBR/XPBRA,
BCBA: APBR/APBRA], a Brazilian international energy company announces that it petitioned, on 10/25/2007, a Court Injunction
against the National Petroleum Agency (ANP) seeking the suspension of the collection of differences for Special Participation
Tax mentioned in ANP Board Resolution # 400/2007, until the merit of the suit has been decided and seeking to prevent the
ANP from registering the Company in the List of Unpaid Debt.
On 08/17/2007, PETROBRAS submitted, to the ANP, a request for the reconsideration of the Agencys Board decision, as contained in Board Resolution # 400, dated July 03 2007 (RD 400), which determined the Partial Annulment of Board Resolution # 267, dated 08/16/2006, insofar as the approval of the Special Participation Payment Certification Report for the Marlim Field (RD 267) is concerned, and set a 30-day deadline for the payment of R$1,305,285,076.37 (one billion, three-hundred five million, two-hundred eighty-five thousand, sixty-six Reais and thirty-seven cents) for alleged differences owed for Special Participation in the Marlim Field.
PETROBRAS clarifies that BR # 267, which set deadlines for the application of the ANPs new interpretation regarding the deductions of the Special Participation calculation base, is legitimate and legal, and it is in line with the principles of legal safety and of the protection of the perfect legal act, in addition to being in compliance with that which is set forth by Law 9.784/99, in the sense that it is impossible for the Administration to retroact new interpretations it may have of the applicable legislation.
Faced with the ANPs silence regarding to PETROBRAS request for reconsideration, the Company entered a suit (Court Injunction), registered under # 2007.51.01.026664-5, rebelling against BR 400, which PETROBRAS believes to be illegal and in breach of the Federal Constitution, affronting the principles of legal safety, of the legitimate expectation of the administrated and of good faith, in addition to being void of grounds.
On 12/11/2007, PETROBRAS was granted a favorable injunction by the 30th Federal Court of the Rio de Janeiro Judiciary Section, which:
a) suspends the collection of the Special Participation differences mentioned in ANP Board Resolution # 400/2007 until due legal process is observed;
b) determines the ANP abstain from registering the Petitioner in the List of Unpaid Debt due to the titles this suit deals with.
On 05/20/08, PETROBRAS was informed by the Agency, via Written Notice # 198/2008/SPG, regarding the content of Board Resolution (BR) 304/2008, which approved the calculation of the Special Participation for the Marlim field of R$1,305,285,076.37 (one billion, three-hundred five million, two-hundred eighty-five thousand, sixty-six Reais and thirty-seven cents) without monetary restatement, as well as regarding the content of BR 305/2008, which ratified the dismissal of PETROBRAS request for reconsideration and for the annulment of BR 267.
Notwithstanding the Agencys understanding, presented in the written notice above, PETROBRAS reiterates that the payments it made as Special Participation for the Marlim field have always been made based on the methodology set forth by the ANP itself and on a legally legitimate interpretation of art. 18, XVI, of ANP Ordinance 10/1999, and, for this reason, faced with the threat of having its rights and its shareholders interest hindered, it petitioned the Court Injunction.
PETROBRAS states it trusts the Court Injunction that has been registered will be successful and, also, it reiterates that the injunction granted by the 30th Federal Court is in effect and, as such, the ANP cannot collect or register the alleged debt in the List of Unpaid Debt.
This announcement is in line with the announcement made to the market on July 23 2007, when we informed that by overturning decisions made by its own board, the ANP changed the values it collected for Special Participations charged for oil production at the Marlim Field.
We hereby reiterate that PETROBRAS has always guided itself based on the strict observance of the law and of the regulations in effect at the National Petroleum Agency, and, furthermore, that it has paid to the public treasury precisely the values that the ANP has charged for special participation, in the terms of the deliberation of the highest decision-making level of that agency, its COLLEGIAL BOARD.
Petrobras, as an ANP concessionaire for oil exploration & production activities, will always respect ANP decisions and deliberations as long as they are in compliance with the legislation in effect in the country.