HOK said that a survey of 1,722 HOK members indicates a huge interest in EU grants.
Most of them (85%) consider investing in tangible and non-tangible assets to be the most important, notably purchasing equipment and machinery, and upgrading and building new production capacities.
The estimated value of projects that would be submitted by the majority of trades ranges from HRK 150,000 to 750,000, HOK said, adding that trades are willing to invest their own funds too.
HOK in particular noted that more than 73% of trades do not plan to use financial instruments in the coming period.
HOK is investing significant effort in preparing programme documentation for the 2021-2027 EU financial period.
The aim is to raise awareness of the needs of trades and that adequate calls for applications for grants are ensured.
HOK said that the needs of trades should be recognised through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan due to the consequences of the COVID pandemic and the negative economic trends. Hence HOK has sent its recommendations to Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in an effort to find the best possible solution for trades.
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