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Factsheet for measure HR-2020-12/398 – Updated – measures in Croatia
|Country||Croatia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 19 March 2020 – 30 June 2020|
Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Deferral of payments or liabilities
|Author||Predrag Bejakovic (IJF) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||08 April 2020 (updated 10 November 2021)|
Foreclosure is something banks and other financial institutions try to avoid in every possible way. The foreclosure percentage is still small in relation to the number of housing loans. Even when after the foreclosure process has begun, an out of court settlement is still possible. The Croatian Banking Association was working on a bank conciliation center as well as on the promotion and effectiveness of out of court settlements via conciliation. However, according to official figures, financial institutions have a significant part of foreclosures. Insurance companies have no other ways of collecting payments, whereas banks are able to talk with clients, reschedule debts, allot grace periods.
In order to preserve the financial stability and liquidity of business entities in the Republic of Croatia, credit institutions shall adopt in their internal acts a decision not to take enforcement measures (foreclosure, activation of collateral) to collect debt from their debtors (natural and legal persons) for three consecutive months starting in April 2020. Credit institutions shall conscientiously and promptly consider and approve requests by clients (citizens and entrepreneurs) for a deferral of payment for at least three months, whose creditworthiness is severely impaired in the current circumstances by the loss or reduction of permanent sources of income. Credit institutions shall, at the time of the deferral of payment, only apply regularly agreed interest without additional charges or fees.
Credit institutions will implement the mentioned measure towards their clients which did not settle the three installments - annuities of their credit obligations, provided that this does not put them as creditors at a disadvantage compared to other creditors. Credit institutions shall conscientiously and promptly consider and approve requests by clients (citizens and entrepreneurs) for a deferral of payment for at least three months, whose creditworthiness is severely impaired in the current circumstances by the loss and/or reduction of permanent sources of income, and for the clients whose revenue were substantially reduced compared to the revenues in the previous period.
It could be expected around 20,000 possible clients who will apply for such possibility.
|Does not apply to workers||Applies to all businesses||Applies to all citizens|
Company / Companies
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement as case not in social partner domain||No involvement as case not in social partner domain|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners were not involved in design, implementation and monitoring of the measure, primarily due to the nature of the measure.
Due to the nature of the measure, social partners were not involved. Trade Unions are quite critical regarding the banking system, but this time they fully supported mentioned measure.
Eurofound (2020), Banks will not take enforcement measures to collect debts from companies or citizens, measure HR-2020-12/398 (measures in Croatia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/HR-2020-12_398.html
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