Croatian Companies Suing State Over Civil Protection Directorate Decisions

By 8 November 2021

November the 8th, 2021 - Five Croatian companies are suing the state as a clap back against the epidemiological decisions made by the National Civil Protection Directorate in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, Tomica Drvar from the Svikoncerti (Allconcerts) agency said on Dnevnik Nova TV that they're seeking compensation for what he believes are ''double standards''.

''For example, we as travel agencies didn't receive any compensation for any drop in traffic we had, but only for preserving jobs,'' explained Tomica Drvar, who will sue the state because he believes that the government's economic measures and the way they're handed out is not fair. Tomica's travel agency's traffic has dropped 97 percent over the last two years, and the loss stands at about three and a half million kuna of revenue per year.

"It's difficult for us to say how much we would be satisfied with. All Croatian companies have their individual own revenues and expenses, but I must emphasise that our state has done absolutely nothing to compensate its businessmen and company owners,'' he added.

In addition to Tomica, four other Croatian companies are filing a lawsuit against the state with the same request. They're playing the card that the state has violated the constitutional rights of business owners with the decisions made by the National Civil Protection Directorate, but also in the way they have introduced economic measures. Specifically speaking, they're referring here to articles that say that no one can be brought into a position in which they're being discriminated against. All of this is going ahead with the support of the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association (Udruga Glas Poduzetnika).

“So, they gave people grants to preserve jobs, but that all went on workers, and the compensation that Germany or Austria gave to their companies was simply lacking in Croatia,'' explained Branka Prislic from the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association.

The state rejected a peaceful solution to the dispute, according to them. There has so far been no comment on the matter released from the Ministries of Justice and Labour so far, which is not surprising given the statements of their boss on this issue.

"I think we've done everything that the state could have done in these circumstances," Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said back in July.

Rejecting that claim, the heads of five Croatian companies say they are ready to go all the way to the European Court of Human Rights on this issue. They haven't specified the exact financial amounts they're seeking, but as has since been found out, it is at least hundreds of thousands of kuna in compensation per company.

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