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Factsheet for measure HR-2020-14/344 Updated – measures in Croatia

Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts suspends company fees for the second trimester 2020

Obrtnicima je otpisana obveza komorskog doprinosa za II. tromjesečje 2020

Country Croatia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 April 2020 – 30 June 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Predrag Bejakovic (IJF)
Measure added 07 April 2020 (updated 08 November 2021)

Background information

In accordance with the The Croatian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Decision on the temporary suspension of the obligation to pay membership fees (OG 36/2020) ( see case 342 in the COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch database ) the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (HOK) decided, on 20 March 2020, to amend the Decision on the mandatory chamber contribution for a unique system of organization of trades by writing off the debit of the mandatory chamber contribution for all members of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts. The aim is to help eliminate the negative effects of the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic which disrupt economic activity and / or cause significant economic damage to the tradesmen's business.

Content of measure

The Decision to amend the Decision on the mandatory chamber contribution for a unique system of organization of trades introduces suspension of the contribution fee for the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts for the second trimester 2020 (Article 8a).

In the event of a coronavirus pandemic longer than 3 months from the date of entry into force of this Decision (i.e. 1 April 2020), The Board of Directors of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts is authorized, to adopt a decision amending the Decision on the mandatory chamber contribution for a single system of organization of trades.

Out of approximately 80,000 tradesman and craftsmen in Croatia (according to the Croatian Bureau of Statistics, 2019) around 25,000 are members of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts. They employ around 45,000 workers.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

15 March 2021

The Governing Board of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts passed a Decision on the conditions and criteria for writing off the chamber's contribution in case of extraordinary events or conditions - COVID-19 for the first quarter (January-March) 2021. In accordance with the “Tax Administration Instruction on the Implementation of the Measure of Compensation for Part or All Fixed Costs under the Measure of Job Preservation Support in Activities Affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)” for February 2021, members performing predominantly the following activity are entitled to write-off chamber contribution for the first quarter of 2021: Camps and camping sites; Other accommodation; Restaurants, catering and other food preparation and serving activities; Beverage serving activities; Preschool, primary, secondary and post-secondary education; tertiary education; education and teaching in the field of sports and recreation and culture; Driving school activities; Other education and teaching and Ancillary service activities in education; Performing arts and activities auxiliary to performing arts; Artistic creation; Production of artistic objects; Museum activities; Library and archive activities; Operation of historic sites and buildings and similar attractions for visitors; Activities of botanical and zoological gardens and nature reserves; Gambling and betting activities; Operation of sports facilities, activities of sports clubs, fitness centres and other sports activities; Amusement and theme park activities and Other amusement and recreation activities. The Chamber's fee will be written off on the basis of the request and the members whose predominant activity is prohibited by the decisions of the Civil Protection Headquarters, which they should enclose with the request.

Furthermore, members of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts

Use of measure

Not yet known at this stage.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers One person or microenterprises
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Employers' organisations
No special funding required

Social partners

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 Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Not applicable Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Only employers' organisations
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level


Social partner initiative.

Views and reactions

Not applicable.


  • 09 May 2019: Number and Structure of Business Entities, March 2019 (
  • 20 March 2020: Odluka o dopuni Odluke o obveznom komorskom doprinosu za jedinstveni sustav organiziranosti obrta - OG 36/20 (
  • 15 March 2021: HOK omogućio otpis komorskog doprinosa (The Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts enabled to write off the chamber's contribution) (


Eurofound (2020), Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts suspends company fees for the second trimester 2020, measure HR-2020-14/344 (measures in Croatia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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