By the decision of the Croatian Employment Service Management Board, a new grant measures for the preservation of jobs in the activities of reduced economic activity for August and September 2021 is adopted.

The measures are intended for employers from the sector of reduced economic activity, and their goal is to retain workers whose economic activity has been disrupted due to special circumstances.

MEASURE OF THE WORK RETENTION PROGRAM IN ACTIVITIES OF REDUCED ECONOMIC ACTIVITY FOR AUGUST IS INTENDED FOR EMPLOYERS FROM THE SECTOR:

  1. Transport and storage – transport of passengers by land, air and water, and air transport of goods
  2. Transport service activities
  3. Beverage serving activities (activity 56.3)
  4. Administrative and support service activities – only rental and leasing activities and travel agencies, tour operators and other reservation services and related activities
  5. Arts, entertainment, and recreation – only creative, artistic and entertainment activities, entertainment, and recreational activities and production and showing of films and video films, sound recording and music publishing activities and distribution thereof
  6. Organizers of cultural, business, and sports events – organizers of fairs and weddings, and related activities – companies for equipment rental, audio, and video recording, ticket sales, hall rental, and other companies that generate most of their income from events and public gatherings
  7. Translation activities and interpreter services
  8. Employers from the area where the catastrophe caused by the earthquake was declared – for the area of Sisak-Moslavina, Zagreb, and Karlovac counties, regardless of the activity with proof of falling income/receipts, in a case when due to objective reasons business-production processes are significantly reduced or disabled.

All employers who have registered their activity and registered with the HZMO system of insured persons by 28 February 2021 can use the measure for August for workers employed by 31 July 2021 at the latest.

To receive the grant, employers will need to prove that by September 24, 2021, 70 percent or more of the workers for whom the employer seeks support have an EU digital COVID certificate or have acquired the conditions for obtaining it following the rules on issuing EU digital COVID certificates in the Republic Croatia.

Exceptionally, if on 24 September 2021 less than 70% of the workers for whom the employer seeks hold or have obtained the requirements for an EU digital COVID certificate, the percentage of aid is granted following the percentage of workers who have obtained the conditions or have an EU digital COVID certificate and this of the total amount of support for all workers for whom the employer seeks the grant.

Thus, the payment of monthly salary costs for August 2021 will be approved for applications received from September 8 to September 23, 2021.

MEASURE OF THE WORK RETENTION PROGRAM IN ACTIVITIES OF REDUCED ECONOMIC ACTIVITY FOR SEPTEMBER IS INTENDED FOR EMPLOYERS FROM THE SECTOR:

  1. Administrative and support service activities – only rental and leasing activities and travel agencies, tour operators and other reservation services and related activities
  2. Arts, entertainment, and recreation – only creative, artistic and entertainment activities, entertainment, and recreational activities and production and showing of films and video films, sound recording and music publishing activities and distribution thereof
  3. Organizers of cultural, business, and sports events – organizers of fairs and weddings, and related activities – companies for equipment rental, audio, and video recording, ticket sales, hall rental, and other companies that generate most of their income from events and public gatherings
  4. Translation activities and interpreter services
  5. Employers from the area where the catastrophe caused by the earthquake was declared – for the area of Sisak-Moslavina, Zagreb, and Karlovac counties, regardless of the activity with proof of falling income/receipts, in a case when due to objective reasons business-production processes are significantly reduced or disabled
  6. Employers who are partially and/or completely prohibited from working by decisions of the Civil Protection Headquarters (national, county, local self-government units) of the headquarters, regardless of the activity.

All employers who have registered their activity and registered with the HZMO system of insured persons by February 28, 2021 can use the measure for September for workers employed by 31 August 2021 at the latest.

To receive the grant, employers will need to prove that by October 25, 2021, 70 percent or more of the workers for whom the employer seeks support have an EU digital COVID certificate or have acquired the conditions for obtaining it following the rules on issuing EU digital COVID certificates in the Republic Croatia.

Exceptionally, if on October 25, 2021, less than 70% of the workers for whom the employer seeks aid hold or have obtained the requirements for an EU digital COVID certificate, the percentage of aid is granted following the percentage of workers who have obtained the conditions or have an EU digital COVID certificate and this of the total amount of support for all workers for whom the employer seeks the grant.

Thus, the payment of monthly salary costs for September 2021 will be approved for applications received from September 25 to October 24, 2021.

The authorities, in cooperation with the CES, will exchange data on the possession of the EU digital COVID certificate (or acquired conditions for possession) and verify the veracity of the data.

We note that the Croatian Employment Service, following the General Provision on Data Protection, will not have access to the personal data of employees, but will exchange and process them as statistical data.

The Croatian Employment Service will thus receive only a percentage of workers with an EU digital COVID certificate, or those who have acquired the conditions for it, from the competent institutions.