Much Talked About Croatian Sunday Work Ban Still Not Happening, Yet...

By 10 December 2021

December the 10th, 2021 - There has been a debate going on about a potential Croatian Sunday work ban for longer than the coronavirus pandemic has been around, with some vehemently opposed to it and others believing that the move would be a good one. With opinion divided, the topic has once again found itself on the political ''to do'' list.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the draft proposal for the new Trade Act, which stipulated that shops would be able to operate on only sixteen Sundays each calendar year, will not be voted on until January the 1st, 2022 reports Jutarnji list.

The draft passed a public consultation that began back on July the 3rd and closed on August the 1st this year. However, the final text of the new amended law which delved into the Croatian Sunday work ban issue is not yet in the government procedure, and the constitutional break in the work of the parliament, which is expected to pass it, begins only on December the 15th, which means that any decision on the controversial Croatian Sunday work ban will be postponed until further notice.

The competent Ministry says that "comments and proposals that have arrived in large numbers are still being considered and analysed, and that consultations are underway with all stakeholders involved in this process."

In addition to the proposed Croatian Sunday work ban, another perhaps quite surprising item appeared in the Draft Bill on Amendments to the Trade Act - a ban on shops being open after 09:00 in the evening entirely.

“The provision of Article 2 of this Bill proposes to amend the Trade Act in Article 57 so that the working hours of retail outlets are determined by the retailer from Monday to Saturday starting from 06:00 to 21:00, and when it comes to retail outlets, on Sundays and holidays they will be mostly closed,'' the draft reads.

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