Nearly EUR 870 mln to support culture in Poland during epidemic

"Culture on the Internet" is the first of a package of aid programmes planned by Culture Minister Piotr Gliński, the daily wrote. Andrzej Grygiel/PAP

Poland's Culture Ministry is ready to spend up to PLN 4 billion (EUR 869.6 million) to support artists and cultural institutions to cover their financial losses suffered as a result of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, the Gazeta Polska Codziennie has reported.

A separate budget for a "Culture on the Internet" project stands at PLN 20 million (EUR 4.3 million), the daily added on Monday.

The newspaper reported that the ministry had announced the project on April 3, having said that its implementation would be possible owing to introduction of an anti-crisis shield.

The ministry wrote that that the aim of the programme "is to support artists and institutions that cannot continue their artistic activity due to the ongoing epidemic."

"Culture on the Internet" is the first of a package of aid programmes planned by Culture Minister Piotr Gliński, the daily wrote.

The anti-crisis shield law is a set of acts designed to aid enterprise, the health service and other spheres of life in the face of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.