Minister Aladrovic Reveals Who Will Continue to Receive Economic Support

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, economic aid for Croatian companies will remain in place only for those who continue to be the most vulnerable to the pandemic and to any introduced anti-epidemic measures, announced Minister Aladrovic. He stated that because of the easing of the country’s epidemiological measures, he sees no reason to continue to stimulate individual employers.

Minister Aladrovic also stated that aid will continue to be paid out to the organisers of sport and cultural events, the event industry, and perhaps the hardest hit of all – travel agencies.

“So, this will keep being paid out to a relatively small segment of our society, but to those who are most exposed,” said Minister Aladrovic as a guest on Dnevnik Nova TV, adding:

“If there are economic disruptions again, which we hope won’t occur, we’re still ready to help those to whom the disruption occurs,” he said, calling once again for people to get vaccinated as the best way to preserve both public health and the domestic economy.

As for the much talked about reforms, Minister Aladrovic said that they have been implemented and that he will continue to implement them, but he didn’t give a concrete answer as to when concrete reforms in the healthcare system, public administration, or the judiciary will start. He pointed out that the coronavirus pandemic has slowed down certain reforms, but he remains confident that the Government will implement them by the end of its term.

He added that it is difficult to assess whether rising prices will push certain vulnerable individuals even further into poverty.

“What is good, is that salaries are rising,” said Minister Aladrovic, adding that pensions are also rising. The average pensioner will receive about 60 kuna more per month, and Aladrovic says that it is equal to almost a billion kuna annually for the state budget.

He didn’t bother to properly answer the question as to whether or not it is fair for the average pension to increase by around 60 kuna, and for members of parliament to have theirs increased by as much as 230 kuna. Aladrovic briefly stated that “harmonisation takes place in accordance with the legislative framework”.

”Aware of the inadequacy of certain types of pensions, we’ve decided on a new way of calculating family pensions that are the least adequate and we’ll do all that in the next step. The lowest pensions have been increased by more than 20 percent. I’m sure that movements within the pension system will also prevent any increase in poverty,” said Minister Aladrovic.

Speaking about the Labour Law, Minister Aladrovic said that two things are changing, the relationship between fixed-term contracts and indefinite contracts.

”We want to reduce the number of fixed-term contracts and allow those who want to work more to be able to do that,” he said.

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