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Factsheet for measure PL-2021-27/1873 – Updated – measures in Poland
|Country||Poland , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 01 July 2021|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Deferral of payments or liabilities
|Author||Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||15 April 2021 (updated 16 August 2021)|
The government aims at addressing the unclear situation in the anti-crisis support schemes which stems from the fact that there are no regulations concerning remission of aid granted in some extraordinary circumstances such as death of the beneficiary or other sudden random events (e.g. long period of health recovery and/or rehabilitation). Such cases require individual approach and consideration, as signaled by local employment offices, responsible for administering the aid.
It should be stressed out that the proposed regulations do not introduce remissions as a new instrument. Only the authority competent to consider the case and authorised to make decisions is changed.
Under the proposed regulations, the head of local government (starosta) at the middle level of a district (powiat), would be authorised to - acting either ex-officio or at the request of an entrepreneur - agree for full or partial remission of liabilities, deferment of deadlines for repayment of granted funds, spreading the repayment of liabilities into installments due to e.g. unduly received funds within the forms of support granted by local employment offices (at the powiat level) under the Anti-crisis shields. Remission of debts in whole or in part are to take place in exceptional situations, thus the cost of the proposed regulation will be marginal.
The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.
|01 August 2021||
The Act was published in 1 July, and most of its provisions entered into force on 21 July.
The instrument has activated in late July.
|Does not apply to workers||Applies to all businesses||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Form||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners became involved in course of parliamentary proceedings on the draft regulation. In particular, the Confederation Lewiatan (employers) and Trade Unions Forum (FZZ) delivered their opinions on the draft.
None of the opinions to the draft legislation regarded the regulation hereafter discussed.
Eurofound (2021), Remission of aid granted under the Anti-crisis Shield on the government agenda, measure PL-2021-27/1873 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PL-2021-27_1873.html
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