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Factsheet for measure PL-2021-52/2118 Updated – measures in Poland

The next edition of the Anti-Crisis Shield comes to force in January

Kolejna odsłona tarczy antykryzysowej rusza w styczniu

Country Poland , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 22 December 2021 – 31 December 2022
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Deferral of payments or liabilities
Author Monika Helak (Polityka Insight) and Eurofound
Measure added 09 January 2022 (updated 10 July 2023)

Background information

In December 2021, the government decided to roll out another iteration of the Anti-Crisis Shield. The Anti-Crisis Shield 10.0 is set to be activated in January 2022 and combines two main instruments: exemption from social security contributions for December 2021 and work stoppage benefit for up to six months. Both are available only to specifically listed branches identified by their NACE codes.

Content of measure

The new Anti-Crisis Shield rests on two pillars. The first one is an exemption from social security contributions for December 2021. Applications must be submitted by the end of February. In order to take advantage of the instrument, business owners must run their operations in beverage serving, and other amusement and recreation activities.

The second one is a work stoppage benefit, available for up to six months for selected branches. The amount of the benefit is PLN 2,080 or PLN 1,300 per month depending on further conditions. The list of entitled businesses is broader in sectoral terms than in case of the former measure, yet the maximum period of six months is available only for the same fields of activity. The remaining sections of economic activity covered by the measure are eligible for aid from one to five months.


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

04 June 2023

The end date of the Anti-Crisis shield was 31 December 2022.

Use of measure

Not available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers SMEs
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 Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A



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Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      I - Accommodation And Food Service Activities I56 Food and beverage service activities
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 27 December 2021: ZUS: 17 stycznia rusza kolejna odsłona tarczy antykryzysowej (


Eurofound (2022), The next edition of the Anti-Crisis Shield comes to force in January, measure PL-2021-52/2118 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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