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Factsheet for measure PL-2021-13/1874 – Updated – measures in Poland
|Country||Poland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 22 March 2021 – 30 September 2022|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Support for spending, stimulus packages
|Author||Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics)|
|Measure added||15 April 2021 (updated 11 March 2022)|
Following the introduction of the tourist voucher, see case PL-2020-30/1030 during the summer holiday of 2020, the government reviewed the instrument in the context of recurring lockdowns. In the conclusion, the government has decided to step forward with a proposal to correct the current regulation in favour of voucher-holders. The original regulation made it possible - within 180 days from the date on which the traveller withdraws from the contract for participation in a tourist event or from the date on which the tour operator terminates the contract, directly due to the outbreak of COVID-19 - to offer the traveller a voucher for the execution of the tourist event. The voucher would be valid for a year.
The draft regulation foresees extension of validity of the voucher accepted by the tourist, from the original one year to two years. As the government argues, the new solution is supposed to be very practical, because it will allow, on the one hand, the tourist to attend the originally planned and booked event later, when it is safe to do so from a public health perspective, and on the other hand, it will allow tour operators to settle accounts with travelers without cash involved. So the aim of the draft is to secure the interests of consumers in a more efficient way without increasing the risk borne by tourist operators, who were envisaged as the main beneficiaries of the tourism voucher.
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|23 December 2021||
Contrary to the earlier announcements, the measure has been actually extended only until 30 September 2022.
|21 May 2021||
This measure is to be extended until 31 March 2023, according to the regulations under debate.
The new instrument has not been activated yet.
|Does not apply to workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Applies to all citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
No engagement on the part of social partners.
No views of social partners registered.
This case is sector-specific (only private sector)
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities||I55 Accommodation|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2021), Extending the validity of tourism voucher in specific circumstances, measure PL-2021-13/1874 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PL-2021-13_1874.html
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