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DIKE Schindhelm

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Poland

ANTI-CRISIS SHIELD ADOPTED ON 31st MARCH 2020

On the weekend of 21st and 22nd March this year, the first information on detailed solutions of the planned package of laws, known as the anti-crisis shield, was published. Only a few hours later it was revealed that proposals for changes and additions were presented by the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy, the Social Insurance Institution and the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (Urząd Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów; UOKiK). It has also been made public that the new provisions are to take into account proposals for supporting entrepreneurs announced by the President of the Republic of Poland. In the meantime, a draft act was made available. On 26th March this year, a partially amended draft was adopted by the Council of Ministers and sent to the Polish Parliament. The Sejm (lower Parliament’s chamber) adopted the law that included further amendments on 28th March. Already on 30th March, the Senate considered the document submitted by the Sejm and introduced a number of significant changes. The Sejm rejected most of them the next day, restoring the content of the law to its original version. The Act on amending the Act on special solutions related to the prevention, counteracting and eradication of COVID-19, other infectious diseases and crisis situations caused by them (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 568) was signed by the President as well as published and it entered into force on the same day.