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POLAND: Changes to the Shield

The government will soon submit another set of changes to the package of acts known as the Anti-Crisis Shield which came into force yesterday. The bulk of the solutions is a package of amendments to existing laws from ministries which did not manage to prepare proposals in time for the original bills. According to the Dziennik Gazeta Prawna daily there are over 500 pages of amendments. The entire scope of the legislation is still unknown but government figures have already outlined some details.

Some of the changes include a proposal for companies to be able to terminate employment contracts with employees who have reached retirement age. A series of changes to the labour code and a guaranteed credit line for larger enterprises is also meant to be proposed. A special support system is meant to be established for entities dependent on the state budget which have been closed due to the pandemic – this concerns mainly cultural institutions such as galleries and museum. Minister of Development Jadwiga Emilewicz also announced that the proposals would focus on further social insurance (ZUS) and tax exemptions, as well as a special voucher system for the tourist sector which would provide liquidity. The package of changes is supposed to be ready for the legislative process on Friday.