Agrarian party calls on gov't to debate entrepreneurs

The agrarian opposition group, Polish People's Party (PSL) has called on the government to hold a debate with Polish entrepreneurs in an attempt to avoid another wave of bankruptcies amid the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Miłosz Motyka, the spokesman for PSL, said at a press conference on Friday in the Sejm (lower house) that the coming days will be marked by protests by the business community.

"This civic protest of entrepreneurs is not surprising, because they were faced with a dramatic choice: on the one hand, the death of their companies, bankruptcy, the loss of their property, and on the other hand, the choice to fight," he added.

In his opinion, the demonstrations are "a specific vote of no confidence" in all the anti-crisis shields and state-funded programmes designed to mitigate the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, which turned out to be "paper shields prepared by the government."

Mr Motyka went on to claim that the government's support is insufficient. "That is why we are calling on the government to debate with entrepreneurs, to discuss, so that the wave of the epidemic will not be followed by a wave of bankruptcies from which we will probably not recover."

As he noted, further restrictions do not make any sense, "we can see the economic havoc they cause, and secondly they do not bring any results".

The PSL spokesperson said the economy should be restarted as much as possible under the sanitary regime.

The extended COVID-19 restrictions currently in force, including the closure of hotels and limited operation of shopping centres, were introduced on December 18 with an initial date of termination on January 17. However, the government decided to prolong that period till January 31.