State budget bill for 2021 sent to president

The Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, on Wednesday approved eight out of 109 Senate-proposed amendments to the 2021 budget bill.

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The lower house backed, among other amendments, the Senate’s amendment earmarking PLN 60 mln (13.26 mln) for the Senior Plus programme and PLN 39 mln (EUR 8.62 mln) for overhauls of Aviation Rescue Service helicopters.

However, MPs rejected an amendment earmarking PLN 4.5 mln (EUR 990,000) for bonuses to medical staff fighting the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic.

Now, the bill awaits the signature of the Polish President Andrzej Duda.

The bill adopted by the lower house envisages a deficit of PLN 82.3 bn (EUR 18.3 bn) as the budget revenues in 2021 are planned at PLN 404.4 bn (EUR 89.9 bn) and spending at PLN 486.7 bn (EUR 108.2 bn).

Poland’s economy is planned to expand by 4 percent while inflation is expected to stand at 1.8 percent.