Handsome Payout for Households Damaged in Zagreb Earthquake – When?

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 5th of May, 2020, the Croatian Government should finance the repair of chimneys and boilers with payouts of 20,000 kuna to every household that suffered in the devastating Zagreb earthquake just over forty days ago.

The welcome ruling announced the introduction of a special law to help with reconstruction after the Zagreb earthquake, but naturally, everyone is now wondering when that law will see the light of day.

Construction Minister Predrag Stromar also said when that could be expected.

“On March the 22nd, we immediately started drafting that law and said that we wouldn’t just leave people to fend for themselves [in regard to the Zagreb earthquake]. We did everything, we know how much it will all cost. In the next week or two, we’ll make all the decisions we need to make in order for the funds to be expected and as soon as the law comes into force we’ll be able to start paying those funds out. It will have to be passed in the supplementary budget, we’ll have to have it in our account. It will be very soon, in a week or two,” said Predrag Stromar in an interview for RTL Danas.

He doesn’t agree with the statement that we have been waiting for that law to be introduced for a long time.

“Some people have asked me why that law has been finished so quickly. The law is done, it’s ready, it’s in the procedure, in a few days it will go to public debate, and then from public debate to Parliament. We talked to those in the profession, there are a few different thoughts on how to solve problems. We said we’d help people and we’re helping them. We have come to an agreement with everyone, with the Prime Minister, with the ministers, with those in the profession, with the chambers… So, there we go, the law is ready. I expect it in the Parliament soon, in a maximum of seven, maybe eight to ten days,” said Stromar, adding that he expects the members of parliament to vote on the law before dissolution due to the upcoming parliamentary elections.

“This law [on the damage caused by the Zagreb earthquake] is very important to people. It’s important for them to know when their homes are going to be renovated, every day [which passes] is important to them,” said the Minister.

Commenting on the upcoming parliamentary elections, Stromar said HNS will first hold its internal party elections on May the 24th, in which it will elect a new president and a new party leadership.

“We’re going to talk to smaller parties, those that have similar programme, those which are the most similar to us,” Stromar said.

For more on the Zagreb earthquake, follow our lifestyle page. For more on the domestic political scene, follow our politics page.


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