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Factsheet for measure HR-2022-4/2764 – measures in Croatia
|Country||Croatia , applies nationwide|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 21 January 2022|
|Context||Green Transition, Digital Transformation|
|Type||Legislations or other statutory regulations|
Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
|Author||Predrag Bejakovic (IJF) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||18 August 2022 (updated 05 September 2022)|
The Croatian Employment Service provides definitions and frameworks for determining business activities that are deemed as green and digital and gives information on various incentives for such jobs. One form of incentives for these activities is the Green and digital subsidy for self-employment.
The subsidy aims to provide funds for self-employment and to allow for the legalisation of existing work or to employ through a business idea for which they assumed had market potential, or they wished to start "privately" doing the job for which they had previous experience, i.e. which they previously performed for an employer.
The subsidy can be awarded to an unemployed person or to a group of unemployed people if they will jointly establish and start operations of a new business entity or continue with the business of the existing business entity that they have taken over.
Target groups are jobless persons registered in the register of unemployed persons maintained by the Croatian Employment Service. Applicants must meet the criteria of a green or digital workplace as defined by the Glossary. The subsidy for self-employment can be assigned to two groups of users.
The first group is eligible up to HRK 150,000 (€19,920). The subsidy is awarded for activities that belong to the following areas classified by NACE:
The second group is eligible up to HRK 110,000 (€14,608). It is awarded for registration and future performance of activities that belong to the following areas classified by NACE:
The stated amounts represent the maximum possible amount of support that can be granted, while the final amount shall be determined based on the evaluation of the justification of the initial investment accordingly needs expressed in the submitted business plan and cost estimate, which is an integral part of the business plan.
The employer is obliged to spend HRK 20,000.00 (€2,656) from the total amount of support on activities/purchase of equipment that contribute green/digital transition with a detailed explanation in the business plan.
According to the Statistical Bulletin No. 7 (Mjesecni statisticki bilten) by the Croatian Employment Service (Table 25, page 52) in the first seven months of 2022, 147 persons got the Green and digital financial subsidy for self-employment, of which 47 obtained it in July 2022. It could be expected that the interest for the Subsidy will increase with time.
Public employment service
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||No involvement||No involvement|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Although social partners were not directly included in the design of the measure, indirectly they participated because representatives of social partners are members of the Croatian Employment Service Governing Board which concludes on the characteristics of the active labor market measures.
Social partners in Croatia fully support all measures directed towards the transition to green and/or digital economy.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|B - Mining And Quarrying||B5 Mining of coal and lignite|
|B6 Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas|
|B7 Mining of metal ores|
|B8 Other mining and quarrying|
|B9 Mining support service activities|
|C - Manufacturing||C10 Manufacture of food products|
|C11 Manufacture of beverages|
|C12 Manufacture of tobacco products|
|C13 Manufacture of textiles|
|C14 Manufacture of wearing apparel|
|C15 Manufacture of leather and related products|
|C16 Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials|
|C17 Manufacture of paper and paper products|
|C18 Printing and reproduction of recorded media|
|C19 Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products|
|C20 Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products|
|C21 Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations|
|C22 Manufacture of rubber and plastic products|
|C23 Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products|
|C24 Manufacture of basic metals|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2022), Green and digital subsidy for self-employment, measure HR-2022-4/2764 (measures in Croatia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/HR-2022-4_2764.html
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