Prime Minister at the Sejm: The Anti-crisis shield is to protect companies from the crisis

We are trying to prevent bankruptcy of enterprises and dismissal of employees – Mateusz Morawiecki emphasised, presenting the assumptions of the government anti-crisis package at the Sejm.

Photo: Adam Guz / Chancellery of The Prime Minister of Poland

The Prime Minister admitted that the events which we are witnessing pose the greatest challenge of recent decades. He explained that Covid-19 is a huge health crisis which in many countries has already evolved into a deep economic crisis. He assured, however, that the government would not abandon the Poles. We have prepared the most appropriate economic solutions – Mateusz Morawiecki emphasised. Our Anti-crisis shield represents approximately 10 percent of GDP - he explained.

Mateusz Morawiecki pointed out that the proposed solutions pertain to maintaining production capacity and employment, and are adapted to restoring the economy. The Prime Minister explained that apart from applying protective actions in the job market, the government is going to make use of guarantee and direct money – at least PLN 70 billion, which will be spent on helping companies maintain liquidity as well as on loans, direct subsidies and credits.

As he emphasised, the solutions contained in the government package comprise, among other things, complete exemption from social insurance contributions and allowances for people who were working on the basis of contracts of mandate or civil law contracts which were terminated. The funds from the Anti-crisis shield will suffice to pay 40% of remuneration to the employees of all companies – micro, small, medium and the largest ones – that undertake to maintain the highest number of workplaces possible – Mateusz Morawiecki said.

The Prime Minister also urged deputies to unanimously adopt the Anti-crisis shield as soon as possible. Every day of delay will result in tens of thousands of unemployed people – the Prime Minister explained.

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