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Factsheet for measure PL-2022-9/2300 – measures in Poland

Food assistance for Ukrainian refugees

Pomoc żywnościowa dla ukraińskich uchodźców

Country Poland , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 24 February 2022
Context War in Ukraine
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Provision of services in kind (e.g. food vouchers)
Author Jan Czarzasty (Warsaw School of Economics) and Eurofound
Measure added 17 May 2022 (updated 20 June 2022)

Background information

On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine. As a result of Russian aggression, many Ukrainian refugees fled to Poland.

On 12 March 2022, the special act regarding Ukrainian refugees (Dz.U. 2022 poz. 583) entered into force, with effect from 24 February 2022. Its aim is to provide assistance to Ukrainians escaping the territory of Ukraine due to armed conflict.

Content of measure

Starting 24 February 2022, every citizen of Ukraine residing on the territory of Poland, whose stay in Poland is considered legal, can be granted food assistance under the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). All Ukrainians applying for this aid under the Operational Program Food Aid 2014–2020 have to comply with eligibility criteria, which are described in separate regulations. In order to receive the aid, a person's income cannot exceed PLN 1,707.20 (approx. € 371) in the case of a single person or PLN 1,320 (approx. € 285) in the case of a person in the family.

The aim of the program is to support people in poverty by providing food in the form of packages or meals.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Migrants or refugees
Other groups of citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
EU (Council, EC, EP)
European Funds
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: Unknown

Involvement

Unknown.

Views and reactions

Unknown.

Sources

  • 30 November 2021: Program Operacyjny Pomoc Żywnościowa 2014-2020 (www.gov.pl)
  • 12 March 2022: Ustawa z dnia 12 marca 2022 r. o pomocy obywatelom Ukrainy w związku z konfliktem zbrojnym na terytorium tego państwa (isap.sejm.gov.pl)

Citation

Eurofound (2022), Food assistance for Ukrainian refugees, measure PL-2022-9/2300 (measures in Poland), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/PL-2022-9_2300.html

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