Croatia’s gov’t announces further support for wages and employment

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The Croatian government will continue to protect every job for as long as necessary, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said Thursday, announcing further support for wages and employment, reported state news agency HINA.

“We will continue to protect every job for as long as necessary to weather this crisis together and to be ready and competitive when the pandemic ends,” Plenković said. He said that the government was continuing the measure of HRK 4,000 (EUR 531) per worker in January and February to protect jobs in businesses forced to close down as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The government will support this measure with more than HRK 500 million, which will be provided through the National Employment Bureau. In consultation with the social partners, the government will also extend the measure to shorten working hours for all businesses unable to achieve maximum performance because of the present circumstances.

Plenković also said that the government would invest over HRK 1.2 billion in 2021 to boost active employment policy measures covering over 25,000 people. 

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