What follows is a translation of this article from our government. Dunno if it's of interest to anyone here, and my lingo is all but guaranteed to fall short, so be warned. No idea what tags would be approprieate.
[Prime Minister] Mateusz Morawiecki introduced the plans and goals for the governmental anti-crisis package for Polish workers and entrepreneurs amounting to ~212bn PLN (~$50bn USD), which is approximately 10% of Poland's GDP)
"It is an ambitious plan aimed at preventing job loss, bankruptcies, and a substantial decrease to entrepreneurs' income" - explained prime minister. "Poland will do everything to help workers and business owners, and we won't hesitate to use the country budget to help Poland come through the pandemic in the best possible state" - he added.
Those measures will extend for the next few critical months, as PM stressed. "Those two, three or four critical months, during which -- we hope -- epidemic will begin to subside, and we may be able to return to normalcy" he emphasised. In his view, the current situation could be the biggest trial for Poland in the early XXI century.
Five pillars of the anti-crisis shield:
- Worker security - 30bn PLN ($7bn USD)
- Financing businesses - 74bn PLN ($17.35bn USD)
- Health protection - 7.5bn PLN ($1.76bn USD)
- Reinforcing financial system - 70.3bn PLN ($16.48bn USD)
- Public investments programme - 30bn PLN ($7bn USD)
Most important actions included in the anti-crisis package:
- Help with paying wages to workers at businesses in need. Poland will cover half of the worker's salary, limited at 40% of median income for 2019.
- Postponing ZUS [Social Insurance Institution - it's where socialised medicine and retirements come from] payments by three months. Later payments can be divided into smaller increments over longer [unspecified in the article] period.
- One-time payment from ZUS of 2k PLN ($467) to self-employed and employees doing contracting work.
- Microloans for entrepreneurs of up to 5k PLN ($1170). It doesn't need to be repaid if the business hires up to 9 workers and none of them will be fired over next 6 months.
- Extended de minimis guarantees for small and medium businesses. Increase of the credit assurance level from 60 to 80%.
- Leasing support for businesses in need. 1.7bn PLN ($400m) to refinance leasing contracts for transportation businesses.
Adam Glapiński, chief of the National Polish Bank, estimated strong impact of the coronavirus epidemic but assured that the nation is well prepared. "We have money in reserves."
Jadwiga Emilewicz from Ministry of Development explained that 2.2 million people are eligible to use the 2k PLN ZUS reimbursement.
Marlena Maląg, from Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy, reassured that payments like 500+ [financial aid, 500 PLN per child per month] will be realised without disturbance. She also added that 600 million PLN ($140m) will be dedicated for employers hiring handicapped people. This sum also includes aid for handicapped people remaining at home or in need of special assistance.
Minister of finance Tadeusz Kościński informed that final date for tax declaration submissions will be extended by one or two months. "Such late submissions will not inflict any additional cost" - he explained. Tax from retail sales will be postponed until the end of the calendar year.
Minister of finance also added that 80% of loan needs of Polish budged were already paid, and the situation of public finance is stable.