The government expands the Anti-Crisis Shield

The Council of Ministers adopted additional solutions aimed to combat the negative effects of the coronavirus on the economy. This is a continuation of the measures included in the Anti-Crisis Shield which provides support for entrepreneurs and employees.

Rzecznik Piotr Muller i minister Jadwiga Emilewicz podczas konferencji prasowej. 1 of 6
Photo: Adam Guz / The Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Minister Łukasz Schreiber explained that the government presented necessary measures in order to save Polish companies and help Poles in their everyday lives. Extra solutions to be included in the Anti-Crisis Shield will amount to over PLN 11 billion, said the Minister.

The most important solutions include:

  •     Extending exemptions from ZUS contributions to entrepreneurs with 10-49 employees. There will be a 50% reduction in ZUS contributions.
  •     Longer downtime benefit support for companies (3 months).
  •     If in mandatory quarantine, farmers and household members working with them will receive an allowance equal to 50% of the minimum wage.
  •     Unlimited access to ”public” websites. They primarily include websites with the domain, websites providing remote medical diagnosis services, and e-learning websites for teachers and students.
  •     Equipping healthcare facilities with fast Internet connection and devices for remote medical diagnosis.
  •     Extending job protection benefits to non-governmental organisations.
  •     Protection of funds received under the Anti-Crisis Shield from debt enforcement proceedings.

Minister of Development Jadwiga Emilewicz emphasised that if the Senate promptly examines the solutions proposed, they may enter into force before Easter holidays. She explained that by adopting the new solutions, the government will protect jobs and improve the liquidity of companies, continuing to engage in discussions with the community and entrepreneurs.

In addition, Jadwiga Emilewicz expressed the opinion that the current Anti-Crisis Shield solutions attracted much attention from companies. In a survey, over half of the entrepreneurs said they intend to receive financial support provided by the government in order to protect jobs, she pointed out. They will receive the downtime benefit or wage support for enterprises in financial difficulties, she explained.

Marlena Maląg, the Minister of Family, Labour and Social Policy, said that so far 340,000 Anti-Crisis Shield applications have been submitted, out of which 250,000 concern exemptions from ZUS contributions, 56,000 refer to the downtime benefit, and 31,000 are applications for a loan for micro-entrepreneurs.

Marlena Maląg explained that under the Anti-Crisis Shield, employers filed applications for governmental support in order to protect more than 100,000 jobs. We estimate that this support – combined with microloans – will amount to over PLN 700 million, pointed out the Minister.

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