Gov’t announces new support for enterprises struck by COVID-19 pandemic

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Tuesday a new package of solutions for businesses struck by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“We want to cover all the companies affected by the pandemic restrictions with a support programme,” PM Morawiecki declared.

According to the statement of the PM’s office, the entrepreneurs can be relieved of social insurance payments (ZUS) for November, entitled for the furlough pay for November and small donations of a value up to PLN 5,000 (EUR 1,089). Moreover, the employers from the trades that are the most affected by the pandemic will have the option to postpone payment of PIT for their employees.

The support package will be targeted to specific trades: gastronomy, entertainment, fitness and retail trade.

“The whole value of the support for the entrepreneurs will amount to PLN 1.8 bn (EUR 0.39 bn) and it will concern more than 170,000 companies employing nearly 400,000 people,” Mr Morawiecki said.

Jarosław Gowin, a deputy PM and Development, Labour and Technology minister said that the government is - “in dialogue with employers and trade unions” - working on the strategies for supporting the economy in the next 6-9 months.

He also declared that the draft of the new “anti-COVID” bill will be sent to Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, on Tuesday.

Tadeusz Kościński, the Finance Minister said that the state’s finances are in “relatively well” condition and he does not see the need for a budget amendment.