Poland launches website dedicated to anti-crisis economic package

The website www.gov.pl/tarczaantykryzysowa is a place that connects entrepreneurs, employees and employers with officials, government agencies and the state social security institution ZUS. https://www.gov.pl/web/tarczaantykryzysowa

The Polish government launched on Wednesday a website dedicated to its anti-crisis shield, a package of laws aimed to support Polish companies amid the growing pandemic.

"Swiftly drafted by the government, efficiently adopted by the Sejm (lower house - PAP) of the Republic of Poland and immediately signed by President Andrzej Duda, the Anti-crisis Shield comes into force!" Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote in a Facebook post announcing the launch of the website.

The website www.gov.pl/tarczaantykryzysowa is a place that connects entrepreneurs, employees and employers with officials, government agencies and the state social security institution ZUS.

Polish business people and employees can find there necessary information and ask questions about the solutions coming into force, Morawiecki wrote.

The law introducing the economic package, dubbed the anti-crisis shield, includes extended credit guarantees for SMEs, the self-employed and employees on unsecured job contracts, as well as facilitations in social security payments. It also frees micro-enterprises and the self-employed from paying social insurance contributions (ZUS) for three months.

In addition to a ZUS break for micro-firms employing up to nine people and those self-employed under certain circumstances, the bill foresees payment of downtime benefits to the tune of PLN 2,000 (EUR 439.8) a month for people on temporary contracts, agency workers and the self-employed, as well as the co-financing of workers' pay up to 40 percent of the average monthly salary for companies which are having difficulties.