Have Some Shops Raised Prices Despite Croatian Government Freeze?

Lauren Simmonds

We recently wrote about the Croatian Government’s decision to freeze the prices of several sought-after products in the face of the coronavirus crisis, to make sure that the prices of those goods couldn’t climb during the economic turmoil the virus’ outbreak is causing to the domestic economy.

It seems, however, that despite the price freeze on products which can be found here, there is suspicion that some shops have still been hiking up the prices on those apparently ”frozen” items.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 26th of March, 2020, the State Inspectorate has also received reports against employers for not adequately protecting their workers and keeping in line with the now very stringent measures put in place by the Croatian Government and the Civil Protection Headquarters.

Pursuant to the decision of the Croatian Government on extraordinary price control measures for certain products and the appropriate law which has now been introduced and officially came into force on March the 16th, 2020, inspectors from the State Inspectorate have been routinely performing inspections of entities engaged in the registered activity of production and trade.

According to N1, the State Inspectorate conducted 390 inspections of shops (commercial establishments) across the Republic of Croatia, and in 63 cases the facts were unfortunately established, and in 28 commercial entities there is a reasonable suspicion that a violation of the Croatian Government’s price freeze on the products listed in the link provided above has occurred.

As mentioned, the State Inspectorate has also received concerning reports against employers for not properly protecting their workers against coronavirus. In regard to worker protection, 26 complaints have been received, 16 controls have been carried out so far, and four employers have been found not to have not been complying with the measures.

Make sure to follow our dedicated section for rolling information and updates in English on coronavirus in Croatia, as well as for lengthy articles by Croatian scientist and epidemiologist Igor Rudan.


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