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  • Writer's pictureBartosz Siekacz

The team has reviewed the bills constituting the "Anti-Crisis Shield" in Poland

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

As part of a cooperation with the "Vistula Union of Employers Lewiatan" our team was asked to review the draft amendments to the acts making up the so-called "Anti-crisis Shield". "Anti-crisis Shield" is the name for bills designed to protect Polish jobs and Polish entrepreneurs against the effects of COVID-19, currently being developed by the Polish government.

Our analysis concerns the content of the draft of March 21, 2020 - Act amending the Act on specific solutions related to the prevention, prevention and control of COVID-19, other infectious diseases and crisis situations caused by them, as well as some other acts.

The overall assessment of the Project is that these solutions are insufficient to significantly minimalize the effects of the situation caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic for Polish entrepreneurs.

This assessment results from a simple juxtaposition of our clients' needs with what the "Anti-Crisis Shield" project can offer.

The adopted methods of providing support to entrepreneurs under the proposed solutions also raise serious doubts.

Many solutions regarding support for entrepreneurs require separate decisions to be issued by the relevant authorities on each application submitted. Support, therefore, depends not only on the submission of the application, but also on the conduct of appropriate proceedings followed by the issuing of relevant decisions. If we add to this the probable large scale of applications, rather general criteria for providing support, and significantly limited operational capabilities of the entire administration, we are facing a rather long period of legal uncertainty. We all understand that without a quick support, a significant proportion of entrepreneurs will not survive the effects of COVID-19.

We will discuss individual solutions and ideas within the package in the following NEWS.


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