Pollution of the Oder and adverse efects for the tourism and catering industries

The environmental catastrophe on the Oder has had a huge impact on the activities of entrepreneurs in the tourism industry, among others, who have now been deprived of the opportunity to earn money. These are mainly entrepreneurs who usually operate on a seasonal basis and need to earn a living for the rest of the year during the spring and summer period.

The Northern Chamber of Commerce in Szczecin is calling on the government to launch a fast-track support scheme for the entrepreneurs. In the Chamber’s opinion, companies dealing with sports, recreation and catering in the region are in the most difficult situation. These include kayak and sports equipment rentals, businesses offering leisure activities along the Oder River, and restaurants.

In the opinion of the Northern Chamber of Commerce in Szczecin, the shutdown should be linked to the right to compensation or exemption from rent or tax payments. Therefore, the Northern Chamber of Commerce in Szczecin urges the central and local authorities to provide support for entrepreneurs.

It should also be noted that if the situation justifying the ban persists, it will be necessary to consider the need of imposing the state of natural disaster. In such a case, entrepreneurs will be able to apply to the Province Governors for adequate compensation. In addition, the chances for entrepreneurs to obtain the compensation will be higher if it is proved that measures to prevent the disaster could have been taken sufficiently earlier so that the current ban would not have been needed.

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