The Croatian government has adopted 63 measures to prop up the economy throughout the coronavirus epidemic, while PM Andrej Plenković announced that further measures for the reduction of social contacts will be adopted in the foreseeable future.
The main goal of economic measures will be to preserve jobs and enable payment of wages. Finance Minister Zdravko Marić emphasised that adopted measures have been agreed by business associations and trade unions, and are in full compliance with efforts on the EU level.
The first set of measures are of horizontal nature and are meant to assist those companies that have already been affected by the situation.
One of the adopted tools includes a three-month moratorium on liabilities to the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) and commercial banks. Marić believes that citizens will be allowed to defer loan payments for a grace period of three months.
PM Plenković announced that the National Civil Protection Authority is supposed to decide on the suspension of the work of shopping malls, bars and restaurants, as well as cinemas, theatres and libraries and other services business.
“These measures are temporary and are designed to contain the accelerated spread of the epidemic. The decisions are made on the basis of experiences of other countries,” the PM said while emphasising that the spread of the virus in Croatia remained moderate and under control. (Tea Trubić Macan | EURACTIV.hr)