ZAGREB, April 27, 2020 – President Zoran Milanović met on Monday with a delegation of freelance artists who informed him of the unenviable situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, because a majority of freelancers in creative industries are not covered by any government aid scheme.
According to the delegation, freelancers were left out and were only subsequently able to apply for incentive measures and only a small portion of them are entitled to those measures, while a majority of freelance artists are still not covered by relief measures, the president’s office said in a press release.
“We expect unity and solidarity with freelancers in creative industries in an effort to help them survive this crisis, because if we do not invest in their survival, independent culture in Croatia will be left without freelance artists,” the delegation said.
Apart from that, the delegation expressed its dissatisfaction with the proposed bill on freelance activities that is in the pipeline and according to which, the delegation said, the community of freelance artists would lose its jurisdiction.
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