Government aid meets the needs - president

2020-05-23 12:37 update: 2020-05-24, 20:19
Andrzej Duda. Photo PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Andrzej Duda. Photo PAP/Radek Pietruszka
Government support under the anti-crisis shield meets the specific needs of Polish enterprises, President Andrzej Duda said on a visit to Lechpol Electronics distribution company in Garwolin, central Poland, on Saturday.

According to Duda, the example of Lechpol where no employee has been dismissed amid the crisis caused by the epidemic shows the state assistance scheme addressed to Polish entrepreneurs is effective. 

Thanks to downtime benefits received from the government under the anti-crisis package, half of Lechpol employees are able to continue working at the company, while the other half benefit from state aid until their return to work. 

In Duda's opinion, "the Polish economy is back to normal" and "the Lechpol company is an example that the help offered by me and the Polish government targets exactly where it is needed and supports those who produce and provide jobs."

The Ministry of Development said on Thursday that Poland's enterprises have received, as of May 20, PLN 42.88 bln (EUR 9.5 bln) in aid from the government’s anti-crisis shield.

The law, introducing the economic package, dubbed the anti-crisis shield, in force since April 1, includes extended credit guarantees for small and medium-sized enterprises, the self-employed and employees on unsecured job contracts, as well as facilitations in social security payments. It also frees micro-enterprises and the self-employed from paying ZUS for three months. (PAP)