Economy and Sustainable Development Minister Tomislav Ćorić said that in January, February and March the state-owned HEP power company would not charge for electricity people whose houses were damaged by the quake and that it would also not charge them for connecting their temporary housing units and later reconnecting their rebuilt homes to the power grid.
As for people who use the services of a power supplier other than HEP, they will not be charged for distribution and transmission costs, said the minister.
The same measure will apply to households in the case of heating bills.
In a Twitter post after the government session, Ćorić said that he had called on other companies to join in the write-off of utility bills since a part of the households in the quake-hit area use their services.
Answering a reporter’s question, he said that four companies provided power in Sisak-Moslavina County, including HEP, and that three operated in the quake-hit areas.
Quake-affected households exempt from paying TV licence fee
The government also decided that in order to help alleviate the consequences of the 29 December earthquake, the HRT public broadcaster should not collect the TV licence fee from quake-hit households for the first three months of this year.
HRK 25m in emergency aid for repair of county and local roads
The government also decided to allocate HRK 25 million in emergency aid for the repair of county and local roads in Sisak-Moslavina County, and the amount will be secured by the HC road operator.
According to preliminary estimates, damage caused to state, county and local roads in Sisak-Moslavina County totals HRK 57 million, without VAT, said Sea, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butković.
HRK 1.5 mn for fodder
Agriculture Minister Marija Vučković said that her ministry would allocate emergency aid in the amount of HRK 1.5 million for the purchase of fodder for the next 30 days in order to enable the continuation of animal husbandry in the quake-hit areas.
She said the biggest problem at present was the lack of concentrate and compound feed.