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Factsheet for measure HR-2020-14/887 Updated – measures in Croatia

Assistance to radio broadcasters prevented from doing business due to the COVID-19

Mjere pomoći nakladnicima radija kojima je epidemija bolesti COVID-19 onemogućila redovito poslovanje

Country Croatia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 April 2020 – 31 December 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
Author Predrag Bejakovic (IJF)
Measure added 19 June 2020 (updated 15 November 2021)

Background information

In the special circumstances due to the COVID-19, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia stipulated various anti-epidemic measures aimed at protecting the health and lives of citizens. These measures, among other things, include ban on holding all public events and gatherings, suspension of work in the trade activity, suspension of all sports competitions, etc. As a result, advertisers have significantly reduced their advertising in electronic media, like radio broadcast. The government accepted measures to assist radio broadcasters whose COVID-19 epidemic has prevented them from operating on a regular basis.

Content of measure

The company Odašiljači i veze d.o.o. within the regulations governing issues of legal entities of special interest to the Republic of Croatia, in accordance with its own capabilities and contractual rights and obligations, has to review and offer each radio broadcaster individually benefits in the form of discounts or payment terms, in order to reduce the negative impact of the disease epidemic COVID-19. This benefits do not apply to radio broadcasters whose founders or holders of shares or stakes are the Republic of Croatia and/or local and regional self-government units, and/or the Center for Restructuring and Sales (Centar za restrukturiranje i prodaju - CERP), and/or legal entities that are financed on the basis of a special regulation mainly or entirely from the state budget or from the budgets of local and regional self-government units, financed from public funds, as well as from their subsidiaries, regardless of the size of the share. Mentioned benefits refer to the period from 1 April 2020 until the day of the declaration of the end of the COVID-19 epidemic.


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

07 October 2021

This was one-off measure that was without doubt important in helping many radio-stations in the whole country.

Use of measure

Currently unknown.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
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 No involvement as case not in social partner domain
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


Due to the nature of the measure, social partners were not involved.

Views and reactions

Due to the nature of the measure, social partners were not involved.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      J - Information And Communication J60 Programming and broadcasting activities

This case is not occupation-specific.


  • 28 May 2020: Prijedlog zaključka u vezi s mjerama pomoći nakladnicima radija kojima je epidemija bolesti COVID-19 onemogućila redovito poslovanj (


Eurofound (2020), Assistance to radio broadcasters prevented from doing business due to the COVID-19, measure HR-2020-14/887 (measures in Croatia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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