Sejm rejects Senate amendments to anti-crisis shield

The Sejm (lower house) on Tuesday rejected a part of the Senate's (upper house) amendments to a government-authored anti-crisis shield, a special act designed to aid enterprise in the face of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.

The Senate filed 81 amendments to the anti-crisis act, 32 of which were passed by the Sejm's finance committee. The committee's chairman, Henryk Kowalczyk, said that the rejected amendments foresaw considerable financial outlays without stating the source of the financing.

The anti-crisis shield now awaits signature by the president.

The shield includes extended credit guarantees for SMEs, the self-employed and employees on unsecured job contracts, as well as facilitations in social security payments.