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Factsheet for measure PL-2020-44/1344 Updated – measures in Poland

Sectoral shield: Support measures for sectors affected by lockdown measures

Tarcza Branżowa

Country Poland , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 29 October 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics)
Measure added 28 October 2020 (updated 29 September 2023)

Background information

In reaction to the autumn wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent, partial economic lockdown affecting selected branches of economy, the government decided to introduce supportive measures targeting those branches (restaurants, fitness and sport activities, entertainment and open-air retail). The measures, known as the "Anti-Crisis Shield 6.0", or simply "Sectoral Shield", and are set to be launched in November.

Content of measure

The measures will have three main forms:

  1. Deferral of social security contributions in November in case of sales dropping by at least 40% in November (year-to-year basis);
  2. Short-time work support in November in case of sales dropping by at least 40% in October or November (year-to-year basis);
  3. Subsidy of PLN 5,000 (some €1,100) in case of sales dropping by at least 40% in October or November (year-to-year basis).

As for more details, they are not known at the moment. They will become known once the official draft legislation is delivered to the parliament.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

12 August 2021

The transfers were activated in early 2021.

Use of measure

Not yet known, as the measure has not been activated. The transfers may not begin earlier than December.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A



Views and reactions


Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      G - Wholesale And Retail Trade; Repair Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles G47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I56 Food and beverage service activities
      J - Information And Communication J59 Motion picture, video and television programme production, sound recording and music publishing activities
      M - Professional, Scientific And Technical Activities M74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities
      N - Administrative And Support Service Activities N77 Rental and leasing activities
      N82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities
      P - Education P85 Education
      Q - Human Health And Social Work Activities Q86 Human health activities
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities
      R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities
      S - Other Service Activities S96 Other personal service activities

This case is not occupation-specific.



Eurofound (2020), Sectoral shield: Support measures for sectors affected by lockdown measures, measure PL-2020-44/1344 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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