Osijek-Baranja County is Supporting OPGs and Rural Accommodations with HRK 1 Million

Daniela Rogulj

Romulic & Stojcic

Romulic & Stojcic

November 17, 2020 – To overcome the consequences of COVID-19, Osijek-Baranja County is supporting OPGs (family farms) and rural accommodations with an HRK 1 million grant. 

HRTurizam reports that Osijek-Baranja County thus awarded grants to representatives of 29 family farms and rural households that provide accommodation services in Osijek-Baranja County.

This is a category of business entities that are not covered by measures from the state budget to overcome the coronavirus epidemic’s consequences. As the tourism sector is among the most endangered activities, Osijek-Baranja County approved financial support from its budget.

Support for individual family farms and rural households per accommodation capacity or bed amounts to HRK 5,000.00, and the total value of contracts signed is HRK 1.06 million.

The beneficiaries’ activities are catering services for preparing and serving of food and beverages from agricultural products, mostly their own production, accommodation services, and other services in the function of tourist consumption.

Osijek-Baranja County began preparing for aid at the beginning of the year when it was clear that the pandemic would create huge problems in the economy, agriculture, and tourism, said Prefect Ivan Anusic, adding:

“We waited for state aid to see who would get it, that they would not double up and that the subsidies would come to the right address. The total amount of all aid we have given to entrepreneurs, craftspeople, farmers, and those who work in tourism is HRK 17 million, of which 11.2 million is intended for the economy. The current support, in the total amount of HRK 1.06 million to beneficiaries engaged in tourism and accommodation facilities, keeps continental tourism alive in our county. The grants are of high quality and represent concrete help for the beneficiaries to overcome this crisis period and continue developing continental tourism in our area. We will continue with the subsidies next year, not only financially but also through infrastructure, because we want tourism in Osijek-Baranja County to be one of the better industries,” said Prefect Anušić.

The head of the Administrative Department for Tourism, Culture, and Sports, Tatjana Roth, pointed out that HRK 1.7 million had been provided for this type of support, and family farms and households expressed the need for the currently agreed HRK 1.06 million.

Namely, the condition for support was a reduced income of 30 percent in June this year compared to June last year, which means that part of the family farms still operated relatively well. Currently, 55% of overnight stays and tourist arrivals are realized compared to the same period last year.

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