ZAGREB – A drop in budget revenues

Budget revenues in the first half of April were only a third of those generated this time last year, Croatian Finance Minister Zdravko Marić told parliament, announcing that the ministry expects even worse results in May and June.

Marić expressed hope that the government’s aid will be used in the right and honourable way, as it demonstrates the trust the government has put in the private sector and enterprises.

According to his estimate, 13 to 15 billion HRK are needed every month to cover the costs of healthcare, pension and welfare systems.

Finance Minister Marić also said that the Tax Administration had received 102,000 applications for the deferral, 85% of which have been granted, reiterating that 95,000 employers applied to the Employment Service for support to keep 550,000 jobs and that thus far 1.4 billion HRK had so far been paid out to support 439,000 workers. (Tea Trubić Macan, EURACTIV.hr)

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