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Factsheet for measure PL-2022-35/2779 – measures in Poland

Extra payment for pensioners

14. Emerytura

Country Poland , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 25 August 2022 – 20 September 2022
Context War in Ukraine, Green Transition
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Responses to inflation
– Increasing income in general
Author Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics)
Measure added 26 August 2022 (updated 10 July 2023)

Background information

Inflation in Poland rapidly increased in 2022, hitting record levels since 1990s. The government decided to help pensioners. This group is especially vulnerable to shifts in the costs of living. With this measure, pensioners are paid a 14th pension. This legislation (Dz. U. 2022 poz. 1358) was announced in May 2022.

Content of measure

Everyone who receives a pension in Poland are eligible to receive this benefit. The 14th pension amounts to PLN 1,217.98 (€272). People who have a monthly pension between PLN 2,900 (€649) and PLN 4,188.44 (€937) will have the benefit reduced by the difference between their pension and PLN 2,900. The minimum amount of benefit that an individual can receive under this measure is PLN 50 (€11.19). This benefit is exempt from any deductions. Pensioners do not have to submit any applications to receive this benefit.

The overall cost of this measure is estimated to amount to PLN 11.4 million (€2.55 million).

Use of measure

All the pensioners eligible will receive the benefit, as the state does not require any application process for the benefit. 7.7 million people are expected to receive the benefit in full, with additional 1.2 million receiving the reduced benefit.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Pensioners

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Social insurance
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



  • 26 May 2022: Ustawa z dnia 26 maja 2022 r. o kolejnym w 2022 r. dodatkowym rocznym świadczeniu pieniężnym dla emerytów i rencistów (


Eurofound (2022), Extra payment for pensioners, measure PL-2022-35/2779 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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