In their statement today, the National Association of Caterers (NUU) commented on the comment of the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Tomislav Ćorić, and on the current topic of the Croatian Government's announcement that future subsidies will be related to the number of vaccinated in each company.
"We are pleasantly surprised that Minister Ćorić is aware of the depth of the problem and that he has publicly opposed the position of the ruling party. The only doubt is that his loyalty lies in the wrong corner - the employees of the Ministry of Economy are taken care of by the Ministry of Administration, while his concern is precisely - we“, The NUU states in the introduction to its statement.
The tourism and catering sector represents 21% of all companies in the Republic of Croatia, and the activity of preparing and serving food and beverages is the main activity of 2/3 of these companies with a total share of sectoral employment of 51,4%. While the Croatian economy employs an average of 7,2 employees per company, the number in the hospitality industry is significantly higher, as many as 12,4 employees.
The sector is one of the most affected in the world, and the Croatian government responded to the crisis with a series of firefighting measures, avoiding the adoption of serious long-term measures modeled on other Mediterranean countries, Europe and the world to enable a key step from survival to reviving the hospitality and tourism sectors. NUU and add that a series of flawed and discriminatory decisions on epidemiological frameworks in business on the front line of defense against coronavirus unfairly placed bars whose business, in addition to current restrictions is characterized by the absolute highest tax burden on business in the European Union in the amount of direct taxes 28%.
"Caterers support and promote vaccination as a long-term solution with no alternative to getting out of the pandemic, but they do not see a solution in the mechanisms of direct or covert coercion to do so. Education about the benefits of vaccination must be imperative as well as cooperation and dialogue with entrepreneurs because ultimately we all have a common goal. The lack of education is equally visible in both the private and public sectors. The fact that Minister Ćorić did not want to reveal the percentage of vaccination of employees in his own ministry referring to the GDPR and employee intimacy leaves entrepreneurs in despair. Apparently, he leaves the impression that he likes to enter the intimacy of entrepreneurs fiercely, with a club in his hand. While for the public sector Christmas bonuses, recourses and salary increases are unquestionable, real sector employees are also threatened with the loss of their only income in the form of state compensation due to limited or disabled work in a pandemic that they would not need if they had the opportunity to earn their own money. salaries", They point out from NUU.
If this agenda continues, NUU believes that tourism could lose tens of thousands of jobs, and the issue of responsibility of decision-makers will be overshadowed by the tsunami of COVID bankruptcies, failed businesses and irretrievably evicted people outside Croatia in search of bread, without the desired impact on population vaccination.