Two Thirds of Croatian Companies Received No Government Support in June

Lauren Simmonds

As Novac writes on the 23rd of August, 2020, the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association (Glas Udruga Poduzetnika) recently issued the warning that the subsidies for preserving jobs for businesses, issued as a welcome move by the Croatian Government as a packet of economic measures, haven’t been paid for as many as two thirds of Croatian companies for July, and for some didn’t even receive payments for June.

“In the survey we conducted among our members, as many as 76 percent of them pointed out that they haven’t yet received government support for July, while 8 percent of them haven’t even received support for June. We’re really talking about a large percentage here, and what’s even more worrying is the fact that there are funds for it! Namely, Finance Minister Zdravko Maric says as much in the media, but the money obviously isn’t reaching the addresses of the users. The Minister is just transfering inquiries into the matter to the Croatian Employment Service (CES),” stated the aforementioned association.

They also pointed out that the director of the CES states in the media that the grants for June will be paid out as of August the 20th, and so he doesn’t see the problem of it being a month late. He explains this by saying that CES employees had to coordinate their vacations themselves.

“It’s inadmissible, obviously due to annual leave, to leave the beneficiaries of measures without any funds for the payment of salaries. In this crisis situation, the CES must adjust its resources and the way it works. In this way, an additional gap is created between the public and private sectors, because while some are on paid vacations, others have absolutely nothing,” they stated.

The association also warned that Croatian companies and other business entitites, who have sent inquiries and complaints to the CES, have been waiting for an answer for more than a month now.

“At a time when they need information more than ever, they can’t get it. There are, of course, exceptions, but it seems that the organisation within the CES itself has failed. Recently, on behalf of our members, we sent an inquiry on this topic to the Ministry of Labour. We’re waiting for an answer,” it states in the association’s announcement.

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