Poland to support mountain regions with EUR 220 million

Hotels and ski slopes have been suffering the painful economic consequences of a “national quarantine,” lasting from December 28 to January 17, which forced them to close. Grzegorz Momot/PAP

The Polish government will spend PLN 1 billion (EUR 220 million) as part of a support programme for mountain regions hit by the coronavirus restrictions, a high-ranking government official has said.

Hotels and ski slopes have been suffering the painful economic consequences of a "national quarantine," lasting from December 28 to January 17, which forced them to close.

The closure means that they will miss out on the lucrative winter holiday season.

"The PLN 1 billion that will go to mountain communes will largely go to the entrepreneurs themselves," Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Gowin said Monday.

Out of that sum the government plans to spend over PLN 700 million (EUR 155.6 million) to support investments in mountain regions hit by the coronavirus restrictions, said Gowin.

Gowin added that the government also wanted to refund 80 percent of the losses suffered by mountain municipalities due to the remission of property tax.

According to the minister, each mountain municipality could receive up to PLN 8 million (EUR 1.8 million) as part of the assistance programme.

Gowin did not exclude that the government may pass a resolution to this effect during its nearest sitting.