The coronavirus pandemic saw the Croatian Government place strict controls on the prices of certain items, and while some remain in place, others have now been lifted…
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 30th of July, 2020, about fifteen basic food products and hygienic and cosmetic products intended for everyday use (such as detergents, soap, baby diapers) are no longer under the measures of intensified control ordered by the Croatian Government, but control will continue to be in place for medicines, disinfectants and protective masks and equipment.
As stated, when the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic in Croatia began, the Croatian Government, among other things, passed a decision in March on exceptional price control measures for certain products. After supplementing that same decision with the then established list of 28 products back in April, which involved limiting the prices of face masks, at today’s session, a number of products were removed from the list of products whose prices are under the government’s radar.
Namely, about fifteen basic food products and hygienic and cosmetic products which are generally considered under the ”everyday use” label (detergents, soap, baby diapers) are no longer under the measures of intensified control.
In the explanation of the change of the decision from the Croatian Government, they point out that today, the supplies of the population through retail chains is regular and there are no shortages of such products on the market anymore. They also noted that the purpose of the decision from March (as well as the subsequent April amendment) was to protect consumers and “prevent the negative effects of changes in certain product prices, and thus the possibility of the monopolistic pricing of products in the circumstances caused by the coronavirus epidemic.”
The loosening of the Croatian Government’s decision and the return to the normal and full functioning of the market were also demanded by numerous economic associations, primarily those working closely with and in the trade and food industry associations.
As the threat did not cease, it was justified to conclude that the decision on special control measures should continue to be applied to ten product categories, from medicines, medical products and protective masks to protective clothing and equipment, as well as the much sought-after disinfectants.
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