The Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts is satisfied with the continuation of measures to preserve jobs, but demands that craftsmen be provided with funds for liquidity.
When it comes to support for job preservation, the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts is satisfied with the announced changes in conditions, because they show understanding for the problems we pointed out, and the Croatian Employment Service has already submitted additional proposals aimed at revising certain segments of conditions for measures. , point out from HOK.
Since the beginning of the crisis caused by the pandemic, the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts has been emphasizing the need to preserve jobs, but more importantly to preserve the craftsman's employer and ensure its business liquidity, he said. Dragutin Ranogajec, President of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts, added that craftsmen have other operating costs, which require funds to survive in the market.
"I recall the requests of HOK previously sent to the competent ministries for the purpose of recovering the business of its members, of which I single out the availability of HAMAG-BICRO credit lines adapted for craftsmen, reducing rents for state-owned business premises, solving the problem of leasing for carriers - moratorium on the entire annuity loans (principal + interest) of at least one year, reduction of VAT in catering for coffee, hot drinks, juices, beer and wine and the abolition of consumption tax, extension of the deadline for VAT payment to 2 months, abolition of the obligation to pay tax in advance income / income tax until December 2021 and the introduction of vouchers for employment in all industries, not just agriculture as currently prescribed. "
Measures for the hospitality industry are necessary, but they demand that their proposals for the recovery and resilience of the hospitality and tourism sector be taken into account, point out the Guild of Caterers and Tourism Employees of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.
"Unfortunately, the measures introduced for the hospitality industry, and given the current epidemiological situation and estimates of what awaits us for the winter, are necessary. The Civil Protection Headquarters listened to the proposals of the Guild of Caterers and Tourist Employees of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in adopting measures. As the new situation greatly affects the business of caterers and reduces our work capacity, we expect that the Government will take into account the proposals already made aimed at enabling the survival of the hospitality sector, but also the preservation of jobs.", He said Joso Smolić, President of the Guild of Caterers and Tourism Workers of HOK and called on other stakeholders, such as local government and self-government, to meet them in these conditions of difficult work in the part of business that is under their jurisdiction.
The set of measures of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts to help the hospitality and tourism industry contains the following proposals:
- Equalization of the VAT rate for the preparation and serving of soft drinks, hot beverages, wine and beer with the VAT rate for the preparation and serving of food in catering. The application of the lowest VAT rate of 5% should be introduced in the provision of catering services in facilities that prepare food from domestic ingredients.
- Recognition of entertainment expenses in 100% of the amount as an expense.
- Abolition of taxes on the consumption of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in catering.
- Establishing a legal framework that enables a simple and fast way of occasional employment according to the model of vouchers in agriculture and fisheries.
- Reduction of rent in the amount of 50% for business premises owned by the state.
- Continuation of the extension of aid for job preservation until business entities can prove a corresponding decline in revenue compared to the same period last year.
- Reactivation of the special HAMAG-BICRO credit line of support for businesses affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, which opened in April but unfortunately closed very quickly. We believe that the process should be speeded up and the application process for this line of credit simplified.
- Establishment of a credit line to support the tourism sector endangered by the COVID-19 epidemic through HABOR, which is accessible to craftsmen, micro and small entrepreneurs, ie with a lower utilization limit (maximum up to HRK 200.000,00 instead of the current HRK 750.000,00)
- Providing a special grant fund for the preservation and sustainability of crafts in the hospitality and tourism sector.
Also, the HOK requests that the conditions for declaring a moratorium on the total annuity (principal and regular interest, default interest and any other type of fee) be legally provided to all business entities in the hospitality and tourism industry during special circumstances.