Tuesday, 8 March 2022

Croatian Bar Association Offers Free Legal Aid to Ukrainian Refugees

ZAGREB, 8 March 2022 - The Croatian Bar Association (HOK) on Tuesday stated that it had joined in a campaign by the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) to offer free legal aid to Ukrainian refugees.

Offering free legal aid is in compliance with national legislation on lawyers and their code of ethics, which envisages such assistance to endangered individuals and victims of the 1991-95 Homeland War.

HOK recalls that lawyers represent, free of charge, underage clients in certain cases as well as asylum seekers and members of the Roma community in the City of Zagreb and in Međimurje, Slavonski Brod-Posavina and Primorje-Gorski Kotar counties.

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

HOK: Government Measures Will Protect Over 200,000 Jobs in Craft Industry

ZAGREB, 16 Feb 2022 - The Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (HOK) said on Wednesday that the government's package of measures for cushioning energy price rises would protect more than 200,000 jobs in the craft industry, but they also said the question was how much prices of products and services could be expected to decrease.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Wednesday unveiled an HRK 4.8 billion (€640 million) package of measures aimed at cushioning the impact of rising energy prices, with the measures including a lowered Value Added Tax (VAT) rate on gas supplies and some agricultural products, subsidised gas prices, one-off discounts on energy bills for pension recipients and other measures.

The HOK said the package of measures "is a comprehensive solution that will help the economy and citizens to overcome the crisis".

The Chamber welcomes government efforts to cushion the impact of several times higher energy prices. The unveiled package, they stress, includes HOK's proposals for measures for micro businesses, SMEs and craftspeople. This primarily refers to coupons for gas for which they will be able to obtain via an application to the Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovation and Investments (Hamag-Bicro), they say.

Farmers will receive subsidies for purchasing artificial fertilisers, they said, and fishermen will receive HRK 50 million in subsidies for cushioning the increase in the price of blue diesel.

"The package of measures for cushioning the energy price rises will protect over 200,000 jobs in the craft industry," HOK underscored.

Noting that the package of measures enters into force on 1 April, HOK said that the question remained to what extent it can be expected that prices of products and services would fall since a large number of tradespeople were already suffering losses due to exponentially higher bills.

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Monday, 10 May 2021

HOK: More Than 200 Earthquake-affected Trades to Receive HRK 7,000 in Aid

ZAGREB, 10 May (Hina) - The Croatian Chamber of Crafts and Trades (HOK) on Monday said that it was starting to pay out one-off aid in the amount of HRK 7,000 per business to more than 200 trades in areas affected by last year's earthquakes.

HOK recalled that on 31 December 2020 it launched a humanitarian campaign aimed at collecting funds to help those trades whose premises were damaged in last year's earthquakes relaunch their work.

The campaign lasted for three months and included trades from Croatia and abroad, HOK said.

Apart from the one-off aid, a part of the proceeds will be directed to reconstruct the premises of HOK's branch in Sisak-Moslavina County, damaged in the 29 December earthquake.

(€1 = HRK 7.526977)

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Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (HOK): "National Recovery and Resilience Plan Should Include Trades"

ZAGREB, 16 March, 2021 - The Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (HOK) on Tuesday said that the National Recovery and Resilience Plan should include trades and crafts.

HOK said that a survey of 1,722 HOK members indicates a huge interest in EU grants.

Most of them (85%) consider investing in tangible and non-tangible assets to be the most important, notably purchasing equipment and machinery, and upgrading and building new production capacities.

The estimated value of projects that would be submitted by the majority of trades ranges from HRK 150,000 to 750,000, HOK said, adding that trades are willing to invest their own funds too.

HOK in particular noted that more than 73% of trades do not plan to use financial instruments in the coming period.

HOK is investing significant effort in preparing programme documentation for the 2021-2027 EU financial period.

The aim is to raise awareness of the needs of trades and that adequate calls for applications for grants are ensured.

HOK said that the needs of trades should be recognised through the National Recovery and Resilience Plan due to the consequences of the COVID pandemic and the negative economic trends. Hence HOK has sent its recommendations to Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in an effort to find the best possible solution for trades.

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Monday, 16 September 2019

HOK Pleased with Crafts and Trades Bill

ZAGREB, September 16, 2019 - The president of the Croatian Chamber of Crafts and Trades (HOK), Dragutin Ranogajec, said on Monday that the proposed amendments to the Crafts and Trades Act would strengthen small business and the economy overall, and that the enterprise sector would have a greater impact on education programmes for trades.

According to the government-sponsored bill of amendments sent to parliament last week, which HOK hopes will be passed by the end of the year, the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts will approve the planned structure of enrolments into trade education programmes which will ensure the economy's direct impact, Ranogajec told a press conference.

He added that the government has proposed that this ministry prepare a vocational curriculum for trades which is currently prepared by the minister for education. That means that the economy will have more impact on shaping the education framework for trades, Ranogajec added.

"If the bill is adopted by the end of the year, we will be prepared at the start of the new school year to completely take on all of our legislative obligations," said Ranogajec.

He underscored that the existing law, adopted in 2013, partially severed ties between the economy, the labour market and vocational education.

He believes that it is necessary to increase the requirement to enrol in vocational schools so that students can gain excellency and, in that way, create the future for Croatia's economy.

We need to jointly promote knowledge at all levels, respect one another and remove the stigma of trades. It is necessary to note that scholarships for trades have increased 100 per cent thanks to HOK, he concluded.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Congress of Catering and Tourism Workers to be Held in Split

The guild of caterers and tourism workers in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is organizing the “Congress of Caterers and Tourism Workers” for the 29th consecutive year. This year, the 29th Congress will be held from 27 to 29 November in Split at the hotel Le Meridien Lav. The host of this year's Congress is the Chamber of Crafts in Split-Dalmatia County (HOK).