Croatian Government Introducing Price Controls for Certain Items

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 15th of March, 2020, the Croatian Government will introduce ”price control measures” for certain items. They claim that the objective of this decision is to prevent the negative effects of changes in individual product prices in the circumstances of the current coronavirus epidemic.

On Saturday evening, the Croatian Government, during a telephone session, adopted a decision on exceptional price control measures for certain products, including basic foodstuffs, hygiene products, protective clothing, medical supplies, linen and similar items.

The list includes flour, milk, powdered milk, eggs, sugar, salt, rice, pasta, fresh meat, fish, fruits and vegetables, canned food, edible oil, baby food, nappies for babies, drinking water, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, and of course – soap.

The measures also apply to disinfectants for water, areas and hands which include concentrated alcohol, protective overalls and other protective and medical clothing and footwear, goggles and visors, protective gloves, shoe covers, protective masks – surgical, FFP2, FFP3, respirators/transport ventilators, medicines and medical products, and bedding and other underwear indended to go to the health system, according to a statement.

The objective of this Croatian Government decision is, as previously mentioned, to prevent the negative effects of changes in individual product prices as coronavirus continues to give not only public health but the domestic and global economy a beating.

Now that this decision has been made, the highest price is considered to be the price that the products were being sold at on January the 30th, 2020, when the World Health Organisation (WHO) first declared the infectious disease COVID-19 to be a public health threat of international importance, the statement said.

Make sure to follow our dedicated politics page for more on the Croatian political scene, and TCN’s dedicated section for rolling information and everything you need to know about the current coronvirus epidemic and its effects on Croatia.


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