Croatian Finance Minister Talks Economic Measure Extensions

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, after a government session, Croatian Finance Minister Zdravko Maric commented on the economic measures set out for businesses in order to help them preserve jobs and keep their heads above water after those measures are relaxed on Monday.

“We’re going to continue our dialogues with the representatives of all economic activities that are still influenced by these measures. We’ll talk and hear their reflections. We still remain of the clear position that the protection of public health and the preservation of jobs are our priorities,” Maric said.

“We aren’t going to ignore certain appeals. Dialogue does exist. Representatives of the caterers’ association have had conversations with my colleagues. We’re being open here, there will be a dialogue,” stated Maric, remaining staunch in an apparent avoidance of offering a more concrete answer to the question that is weighing on the shoulders of many company owners.

When asked whether support for job preservation could be expected to continue, the Croatian Finance Minister stated that it would definitely be discussed. He said that the economic measures for preserving jobs will remain in force until March the 1st, so for a few more days.

Warnings that business owners should at least have some sort of vague idea about what they can expect in the coming weeks and months didn’t help to push Maric along in offering deeper explanations.

”We know how much money is in the state budget. The budget situation is as it is. We have cash for the continued preservation of jobs costs foreseen and provided. If additional funds are needed, then we will find a way,” said Maric, who remained a closed book in the sense of offering more precise details.

“Talks will be held on how and in what way we can extend the measures and in which segments,” he added, announcing that much more will be known over he coming days when it comes to which measures for preserving jobs will be extended and which will be allowed to expire.

Minister Josip Aladrovic continued in a similar tone despite being asked some very specific questions.

“We can expect continued assistance, but we must know that no one is prevented from working anymore, although it won’t be possible for that work to take place in full. We’ll protect the labour market and we can expect measures in that direction even after March the 1st,” stated Aladrovic.

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