Croatian Employers on Crisis: State Must Not be Late With Payments

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 6th of April, 2020, a second package of economic measures to help the economy deal with the negative consequences of the coronavirus pandemic showed that the Government had accepted the pleas and requests of Croatian employers, who now have a clearer picture of how to plan their businesses, and their employees are now more confident that they will have their jobs preserved and their income guaranteed.

At this point, with the top priority being that the measures are properly adopted are effectively implemented, it is important for the Croatian Government to remain financially disciplined and to actually stick to strict payment timelines.

“A large number of businesses are working with the central and local government to ensure the smooth delivery of the necessary goods and services even in times of crisis. Wholesale drugstores, pharmacies and contracting healthcare entities are under special pressure due to the epidemic and huge efforts are being made to maintain not only business but also liquidity. Thus, financial discipline is extremely important because the very delay of the state could generate general illiquidity and, in the case of wholesalers, difficulty in the supply of medicine, which is crucial for the health system at the moment,” said Davor Majetić, CEO of the Croatian Employers’ Association (HUP)

Croatian employers will do everything they can to help preserve jobs while retaining the core of our businesses, so that after the crisis, we can launch an economic recovery more quickly and more efficiently.

We will also continue discussions with the government on further measures, first of all, on para-fiscal levies at both the national and local government levels. Non-tax duties and fees are a longstanding thorn in the side of our economy. Now, during the crisis, the payment of as many of these fees as possible should be frozen and an audit should be initiated immediately so that this part is finally and permanently abolished and the other part is significantly reduced,” a statement from the Croatian Employers’ Association said.

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