Croatian government decides to support independent artists

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said the decision sent the message that culture was important, including in times when the country is hit by a pandemic and earthquakes. [Shutterstock/SnapTPhotography]

The government decided on Monday to financially support independent artists, the self-employed and independent culture professionals, tasking the finance and culture ministries with setting aside an additional €3 million this year as direct support to the culture sector.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting, Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek said the support was envisaged for an activity that was not covered by the Croatian Employment Service’s coronavirus relief measures and that it would come from a special culture ministry fund.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said the decision sent the message that culture was important, including in times when the country is hit by a pandemic and earthquakes.

In the same session, the government decided to exempt households in the Sisak-Moslavina County – which was hit by a devastating earthquake on 29 December – from paying electricity and heating bills for January, February and March. These households were also exempted from paying the TV licence fee. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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