Next week, I will present a draft resolution that provides for an additional PLN 200 million for the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship – announced Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Jarosław Gowin.
During the press conference in Olsztyn, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Development, Labor and Technology said that the pandemic affects not only Polish companies, but also the condition of the entire society and local governments. As he assessed, especially in those regions which to a relatively large extent base their development on industries particularly affected by the crisis, especially tourism.
“This decision was necessary”
Gowin recalled that on his initiative the government adopted an aid program for mountain communes, where – as he said – the scale of the economic crisis affecting not only companies, but also entire local communities and local governments is particularly large. He also recalled that a few weeks ago, for sanitary reasons, the government decided that the province Warmia and Mazury – as the only one at that time – was subject to a much wider lockdown than the rest of Poland.
– This decision was necessary, from the medical point of view it was fully justified and it is already visible from the statistics that it gives good results here in Warmia and Mazury – he stressed.
He emphasized that, in his opinion, the resulting economic losses, which are incurred not only by entrepreneurs but also local governments, should be compensated.
– That is why next week I will present to the Council of Ministers a draft resolution which provides for an additional amount of PLN 200 million for the local governments of the Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship – he announced.
“These are the necessary measures”
As he said, he hopes that this project will be supported “beyond divisions” by all parliamentarians from Warmia and Mazury, especially from PiS and the United Right.
– I also hope that my colleagues from the government will agree to this initiative. Because these 200 million zlotys are funds necessary for the Warmia and Mazury region to compensate for at least some of the losses resulting from the pandemic and additional restrictions in the local government area, which, for legitimate reasons, affected Warmia and Mazury in a particular way last month. severe, he said.
As he noted, this is a draft resolution of the Council of Ministers, so it requires the approval of the entire government. He added that he was hopeful in this matter, because the amount that would go to Warmia and Mazury is based on the precise calculations of the ministry regarding the comparison of the scale of losses resulting from the decision on the regional lockdown with the scale of losses suffered by mountain communes.
The politician said that these were to be funds for local governments, and the program was modeled on the support program for mountain municipalities, which was positively assessed by local government officials. – I hope that we will implement a similar program here in Warmia and Mazury – he added.
New Deal and Tourism
Gowin announced in Olsztyn that the Agreement proposed to introduce, on a permanent basis, an additional development subsidy for local governments in the New Deal project. “And I believe that this solution will be endorsed by the entire United Right camp,” he said.
The minister also referred to journalists’ questions about the situation in the tourism industry in the coming months. – I hope that the sanitary restrictions will be much less during the holidays. I am not saying that they will be abolished, but I hope that they will be smaller enough that it will be possible to use holiday resorts, hotels and agritourism – he said.
The first voivodship closed this year
Warmińsko-Mazurskie, as the first voivodeship in the country, was under a regional lockdown from February 27. Since then, incl. hotels, cultural institutions, sports facilities and the activities of shopping malls were reduced. Later, such restrictions were also introduced in the following voivodeships: Pomorskie, Mazowieckie and Lubuskie.
From March 20, epidemic restrictions are in force throughout the country. Closed are, among others shopping malls, hairdressing and beauty salons, accommodation facilities, gyms, as well as nurseries and kindergartens; students learn remotely. The head of the Ministry of Health, Adam Niedzielski, announced on Wednesday that the restrictions would be extended until April 18.
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