cee legislation tracker: croatia

25 March 2020 | newsletters

Status as on 06/04 1pm CET

 

Banking & Finance, Capital Markets

N/A

Corporate, M&A

General meetings

  • Virtual shareholder and board meetings and other forms of decision-making (e.g. written votes) have been recommended.
  • All unnecessary physical meetings should be rescheduled whereas meetings of more than five people at one place are strictly forbidden.

Criminal Defence

Procedural law / deadlines

  • Pending deadlines are only interrupted on a case by case basis, based on a decision of a respective judge.

Court hearings

  • Apart from by audiovisual means, oral hearings etc. may only be conducted if absolutely necessary until further notice.

Service of Documents

  • Delivery is possible by post, by e-mail or official e-communication. Until further notice, personal delivery of all documents directly to the court desks is suspended.

Disputes (civil)

Procedural law / deadlines

  • Pending deadlines are only interrupted on a case by case basis, based on a decision of a respective judge.   

Court hearings

  • Apart from by audiovisual means, oral hearings etc. may only be conducted if absolutely necessary until further notice.

Service of Documents

  • Delivery is possible by post, by e-mail or official e-communication. Until further notice, personal delivery of all documents directly to the court desks is suspended.

Disputes (public)

Procedural law / deadlines

  • Pending deadlines are only interrupted on a case by case basis, based on a decision of a respective judge.   

Court hearings

  • Apart from by audiovisual means, oral hearings etc. may only be conducted if absolutely necessary until further notice.

Service of Documents

  • Delivery is possible by post, by e-mail or official e-communication. Until further notice, personal delivery of all documents directly to the court desks is suspended.

EU & Competition

Deadlines

  • No impact on review deadlines of the Competition Authority.

Hearings & Meetings

  • Competition Authority only accepts e-mail and post filings. All meetings cancelled until 20 April 2020.
  • Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union postponed until 15 April 2020.

Healthcare & Life Sciences & Regulatory

Reorganization of Work in Healthcare System and Medical Service and Transport

  • Medical doctors, specialists for epidemiology employed within the health care network of the Republic of Croatia need to be kept in permanent readiness, regardless of place of work and employer.
  • Measure of special organization of emergency medical service and medical transport is introduced during the declared COVID-19 pandemic.

Insolvency & Restructuring

Support measures

  • Interest rate for ESIF micro and small loans lowered from 0.5% - 1.5% to 0.1% - 0.5%
  • Maximum availability period of ESIF guarantees prolonged until 31 Decmeber 2023.
  • Temporary suspension of membership payment obligation to Croatian Chamber of Commerce for all establishments affected by the suspension of their work measure.
  • Suspension of tourist fee payments for persons providing catering services in their households or in their family agriculture.
  • Temporary suspension of certain obligations under Fiscal Responsibility Act.

  • Croatian Agency for SMEs, Innovations and Investments (HAMAG-BICRO) financing micro, small and medium-sized small business entities which provided evidence that coronavirus had a negative impact on their business. Loan amounts up to HRK 750,000, maximum repayment term up to 5 years (including the grace period), interest rate 0,25%, no processing fee.

Insurance

Ban from paying dividends

  • Croatian Financial Services Supervisory Agency (HANFA) prohibited insurance companies and the Raiffeisen Pension Insurance Company, from paying dividends from profits made, until 30 April 2021.

Intellectual Property

N/A

Labour & Employment

Measures for Retention of Employees

  • Financial support for preserving jobs in coronavirus-affected sectors, in the amount of up to HRK 3,250 per employee per month, for max period of three months from the beginning of March.
  • Ensuring payment of minimum wage for persons with disabilities for the purpose of their retention in employment.
  • Delay of payment of financial compensation for all employers subject to a quota for employment of persons with disabilities.
  • Enabling the EU funding beneficiaries to suspend or delay project implementation, delay of repayment of funds, and to acknowledge the reduced realization of planned indicators on projects due to objective new circumstances.

Real Estate & Construction 

Obligations

  • Extension for concession fees payment on tourist land in camps co-owned by the Republic of Croatia until 30 November 2020. 

Tax & Duties

General

  • If extraordinary circumstances affect the ability to settle tax obligations (both for companies and individuals), (i) the maturity of tax obligations may be deferred; and/or (ii) the payment of tax obligations in instalments may be agreed. No interest will accrue during the time of the deferral.

Income Tax

  • Process of paying out tax returns to taxpayers is sped up.
  • Payments received to decrease the impact of extraordinary circumstances shall not be considered as income from independent business activities (and are therefore not taxable).

Corporate Tax

  • The basis for calculating corporate tax shall not include aid received as a measure to decrease the adverse effects of extraordinary circumstances.

Utility charges

  • Possibility for representative bodies of the local self-government to decide to exempt entities from the obligation to pay public utility charges during the period of extraordinary circumstances. Among others, the city of Zagreb has enacted this measure.

Telecom & Data Protection

N/A

Other

List of other relevant adopted legislation, decisions and ordinances rendered in relation to COVID-19:

  • Decision on Measures to Limit Social Gatherings, Work in Commerce, Services and Sporting and Cultural Events
  • Decision on Temporary Prohibition of Crossing the Border of the Republic of Croatia
  • Decision on Prohibition of Leaving Place of Residence and Permanent Residence
  • Decision on Temporary Suspension of Public Transport
  • Decision on Strict Limitation of Gatherings on Streets and Other Public Places
  • Decision on the Procedure and Implementation of Quarantine and Home Isolation for International Transport Freight Drivers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

 


Kindly note that the summaries on this page are for information purposes only and do not take into account the specifics of a certain situation. The information is not designed to substitute and cannot substitute legal advice tailored to your needs. It is made available strictly on a non-reliance basis. Also, some of the addressed topics might be subject to short-term changes. 

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Ana Marjančić*

Associate Vlahov Buhin i Šourek d.o.o. in coop. with Schoenherr

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