ZAGREB – Calculated risk

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Tuesday (8 September) that the intentional calculated risk in relaxing virus measures enabled the reactivation of the economy and that the policy of reopening the country was based on expert estimates.

Asked by reporters on the margins of a convention of Croatian exporters whether the government’s calculated risk helped the tourism sector, Plenković answered that without the reopening of borders, there would not have been seven million visitors this summer and Croatia would not have achieved 50% of last year’s tourist industry turnover.

Had there not been a calculated risk, there would have been a total lockdown, the prime minister added, noting that no government is currently in favour of imposing a lockdown.

However, the intentional calculated risk did harm exporters, particularly as the surge in new coronavirus cases in recent weeks led some countries to put Croatia on their quarantine lists.

Commenting on the official extension of job retention measures and other forms of assistance to the economy affected by the coronavirus crisis, the PM said that it was important to provide fast and ample help, and the state authorities had done so this spring when many businesses had been hit by the crisis.

“Now we are calibrating the assistance, there are measures for micro-businesses, a shortened working week and assistance to the activities worst hit by the crisis,” said Plenković, adding that he believed his cabinet did the right thing.

The schemes and grants which are estimated to cost 800 million kuna are “an investment in the future of the Croatian economy and provide a start for the recovery,” he added.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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