Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the COVID-19 crisis, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.
Factsheet for measure HR-2020-27/922 – Updated – measures in Croatia
|Country||Croatia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Temporary, 01 July 2020 – 01 October 2020|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Preventing over-indebtedness
|Author||Predrag Bejakovic (IJF) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||04 July 2020 (updated 18 November 2021)|
Due to the adverse consequences of coronavirus crisis, many citizens found themselves in the dire situation and due to unemployment or decrease in salaries are not able to duly repay bank loans. Therefore, some financial institutions and banks provided measures for deferral repayment. Sperbank has provided an extension of the moratorium for a period of three to six months. The bank is member of Sberbank Europe Group, which today is present in a total of eight markets in the CEE region: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo and Banja Luka), Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia and Germany.
For all clients who duly repay their loans and found themselves in financial difficulties caused by COVID and have not yet used the moratorium in the Bank, Sperbank has provided a deferral of payment, or a moratorium on loan repayment. The requests for a moratorium on loan repayment should be submitted between 1st July and 31st October 2020. The deferral of annuity payment is approved for a period of 3 to 6 months depending on the reason for requesting the moratorium, starting from the due date of outstanding annuity.
The decision on approving the moratorium is made by the Bank on the basis of submitted documentation. During the moratorium, a client is not required to pay either principal or interest on the loan. Interest on a loan will be calculated but not immediately charged. Upon expiration of the moratorium, the Bank will allocate interest that has not been collected, but is calculated during the moratorium, to the remaining annuities, until the end of loan repayment. This means that the amount of the existing annuity per loan will be increased for the amount of interest that will be calculated during the moratorium. The loan repayment deadline is extended by as many months as the moratorium has been approved, in order to further facilitate client’s future monthly financial obligation Regarding the COVID-19, the reasons for deferral repayment can be job loss and salary reduction.
It is impossible to estimate the number of potential users of deferral payment, but it is highly likely that the measure will trigger a considerable interest among Bank's clients.
|Does not apply to workers||Does not apply to businesses||Applies to all citizens|
Company / Companies
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:
Due to the nature of the measures social partners were not included but they always advocate the measures which help financial problems of citizens.
Social partners always support measures that help financial problems of citizens but in this concrete case they did not have any particular reaction.
Eurofound (2020), Extension of moratorium or deferral payment on loans with Sberbank d.d., measure HR-2020-27/922 (measures in Croatia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/HR-2020-27_922.html
30 January 2023
Governments across the EU continue to implement policies to support citizens and businesses in the face of rising food and energy prices caused by the COVID-19 crisis and intensified by the war in Ukraine. As winter approaches, preventing and addressing energy poverty becomes a priority. This article summarises the policy responses as reported in Eurofoundâ€™s EU PolicyWatch database from January to September 2022.Article
12 September 2022
Although the worldwide pandemic situation had already disrupted supply chains and triggered increases in energy and food prices in 2021, the situation deteriorated in 2022 with the Russian invasion of Ukraine.Article
12 September 2022
This article summarises the first policy responses that governments across the EU have started to implement to support companies affected by the rising prices, and those with commercial ties to Ukraine, Russia or Belarus.
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process.