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Factsheet for measure PL-2021-13/1751 Updated – measures in Poland

Aiding school shops on the government agenda

Pomoc dla sklepików szkolnych w planach rządu

Country Poland , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 22 March 2021
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 02 February 2021 (updated 29 September 2023)

Background information

With the schools staying closed for a substantial periods of time since March 2020 (Poland belongs to the EU Member States with the longest accumulated time of remote schooling), school shops, usually operated by self-employed people, came to face serious difficulties, even forcing some of the operators to seek alternative sources of income and employment. While school shop operators could claim some general benefits from the Anti-Crisis Shield (e.g. deferral of social security dues payments), they have been omitted from the list of operations (selected by sectoral criteria) receiving direct financial aid. In March 2021, the government decided to change its position on school shops. It has shown the intention to extend coverage of the 'sectoral shield' (Anti-Crisis Shield 6.0) also to those entities by including them in the relevant draft legislation.

Content of measure

According to the draft legislation, school shops will receive assistance in the form of:

  • exemption from paying social security contributions,
  • subsidies to employees' salaries,
  • idleness (work stoppage) benefits,
  • small grants of up to PLN 5,000 (some €1,100).

The basic criterion for granting aid will be a 40% drop in income recorded in the relevant period of account (likely to be calculated according to the formula: the month of the application submission against the same month from the previous year).

In addition, the draft intends to introduce favourable changes for business with regard to coexistence of two aid instruments - exemption from social security contributions and subsidies to employees' salaries.


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

23 July 2021

From 23 July onwards school shops operators can apply for public aid.

24 June 2021

Following the amendment to the anti-crisis legislation, school shops operators are set to receive public aid.

Use of measure

The instrument has not been activated yet.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
One person or microenterprises
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 No involvement as case not in social partner domain No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


No involvement.

Views and reactions

No views.

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

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 01 April 2020: The Act of 31 March 2020 amending the Act on Special Measures regarding Prevention, Counteraction and Combating COVID-19 Other Contagious Diseases and Crisis Situations Related (Ustawa z dnia 31 marca 2020 r. o zmianie ustawy o szczególnych rozwiązaniach związanych z zapobieganiem, przeciwdziałaniem i zwalczaniem COVID-19, innych chorób zakaźnych oraz wywołanych nimi sytuacji kryzysowych oraz niektórych innych ustaw (
  • 22 March 2021: Draft Act on amending the Act on special solutions for preventing, counteracting and combating COVID-19, other infectious diseases and crisis situations caused by them (Projekt ustawy o zmianie ustawy o szczególnych rozwiązaniach związanych z zapobieganiem, przeciwdziałaniem i zwalczaniem COVID-19, innych chorób zakaźnych oraz wywołanych nimi sytuacji kryzysowych) (


Eurofound (2021), Aiding school shops on the government agenda, measure PL-2021-13/1751 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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