On Thursday, several hundred amendments were introduced by the senators to present the so-called coat of arms bill 6.0. They expand the scope of entities that could come from government grants to companies – it’s not just about new types of activities, it’s also about companies created since November 30, 2019.
In a plenary session on Thursday, the Senate considered another amendment to the COVID-19 law on the prevention, prevention and control of other infectious diseases and the crisis situations caused by them, and the crisis situations caused by them. coat of arms 6.0.
As Adam Szejnfeld (KO) said when evaluating the bill, even if the government’s intentions are good, the effect is small. – It is an action that can easily be called a glue, and as we know, the glue is not suitable for everyone. There are some activists here who serve to help entrepreneurs, but they are very few and have so many gaps, restrictions and ambiguities – the senator said.
– If we do not improve this law (…), of course, this support will not be optimal – he added.
According to Szejnfeld, the law has many “blind rules” because there are companies registered under PKD codes that do not currently do much in their activities, although there are companies that do not have enough support in PKD codes, although they should get it. The senator said that the pearls in the crown of the Polish exhibition industry that have not received support could fall, and the same is true of tourism.
– Support is perhaps 10 percent. the poor, perhaps less, certainly no more. That’s why I’m proposing 308 corrections, I hope you’ll focus on positive emotions, he said.
He explained that these corrections include expanding the circle of companies that receive aid with another additional PKD; they will refine the legal concept of the main PKD in the PKD group entering a particular economic activity; the aid will also cover companies created after 30 November 2019.
Eleven amendments were submitted by Maria Koc (PiS). He said the government is working on new solutions for Polish entrepreneurs. – This presentation we are working on is a real help for entrepreneurs. This is the sixth amendment to this law (…), but the situation is also dynamic and requires constant action (…), he argued.
While discussing the proposed amendments, Koc said they had expanded the catalog of targeted industries. – They will also have other entries, and companies registered this year will also be able to apply for this assistance – he reported.
Work on the action was a constant reservation, but required accurate calculations. “We can’t collapse our public financial system,” he said. He stressed that the government has the resources to help the economy and fight for jobs for ordinary people. At the same time, he explained that the monthly cost of the provisions of the amendment was PLN 4 billion, and that another PLN 40 billion was foreseen in the 2.0 financial shield.
Krzysztof Kwiatkowski (not attached) introduced the amendments. He explained that the state can accept it because – according to data on the implementation of budgets after October this year, the financial security margin is much higher than expected.
– It happens that the state budget can increase the scope of state aid – he said. “I’m glad we can’t say that finances prevent us from making good corrections,” he added. He explained that they apply to all industries that have suffered their requests and have not received aid. – We included all these companies in these point corrections – he said.
Gabriela Morawska-Stanecka (Left) described the debate as sad as the Senate dealt with a hole in the coat of arms again. “It’s just a sieve,” he said. For example, he asked for help from the exhibition industry. He admitted that the support was provided by the organizers of the fair and the owners of the halls, but 90 per cent of the companies in the industry did not receive it. He also noted the tourism industry, including. pilots or guides, events or weddings industry.
As Krzysztof Mróz (PiS) explained, the current coat of arms subsidies do not apply to all industries because the government’s philosophy has changed. Now the support is really aimed at industries that had losses and in the spring it was comprehensive support – he explained. Mróz proposed about 20 amendments, most of which are supportive of a broadly understood culture.
In the previous vote on the debate, the Senate disagreed (46 senators were in favor and the same number of opponents) with the completion of the agenda to study the draft aid law aimed at companies prepared by senators, i.e. the completion of the 6.0 coat of arms. These include the date of entry into force of the Employee Capital Plans Act by the end of next year and the delay of 100% coverage for hospitalized or fifty sickness benefit, which would be paid from ZUS funds. The initiative on this issue was decided by the Senate committees: Family, Higher and Social Policies as well as the National Economy and Innovation.
Deputy Minister of Development, Labor and Technology Marek Nieduza explained at a meeting of these committees on Tuesday that the law provides support to 32 industries that are particularly affected by the economic impact of the pandemic. Among the support tools is the exemption from the ZUS for each employee for entrepreneurs working in these industries, an approximate parking allowance. PLN per month, “a small grant of PLN 5,000,” which was presented as an evolution compared to the previous micro-levels, and the “support tool attached to the Sejm corrections phase, consists of co-financing the maintenance of Guaranteed Employee Benefits Fund jobs. which is carried out under a three-month contract.
There are two people who work under a contract of employment and those who have a mandate, but only to pay social security contributions.
The committees proposed expanding the industries that would receive support o hospitality companies, advertising agencies, nutritionists, certain transportation companies, hospitality, rental and leasing of certain machines, travel agents, tour operators, companies organizing art projects, companies organizing escape rooms and some entertainment and types of recreational activities.
A representative of the ministry was in favor of providing support to the hospitality and transport companies, but against support for advertising agencies, dietitians and companies that are responsible for the rental and leasing of some machines.