HUT AND HUP APPEAL: URGENTLY MAKE A DECISION TO INCREASE QUOTAS BECAUSE THERE ARE NO WORKERS AND THE SEASON IS IN DANGER At the end of the price list it says: “Croatia full of life. A small country with big taxes” In addition to 15.611 approved quotas for workers and 1.600 available domestic workers on the list of the Croatian Employment Service, Croatia currently lacks as many as 5.000 workers, he points out. Marin Medak, President of the Independent Association of Caterers and adds that the reason for this is the constant emigration of a capable workforce, for which various political options have failed to find an adequate solution. “It seems to us that due to preferential prices in the government restaurant, the Prime Minister lost his compass and forgot that 108 people employed in the hospitality and tourism sector, or 000% of the total number of people employed in Croatia, earn 8% of Croatia’s total GDP annually. Instead of the ruling party only talking about demographics, I suggest that returnee emigrants be provided with a tax relief of HRK 22 over the next ten years. Let the Government finally show that it is ready to withdraw some concrete measures. “, Medak emphasized. Source. Facebook Photo: Cover photo Pixabay.com / FB The price list of the restaurant says: Croatian caterers are facing a business collapse that will have far-reaching negative consequences for Croatian tourism, all due to the lack of support and understanding of the Government in finding the much-needed workforce, the Croatian Hospitality Coordination said in a statement. VAT and consumption tax are included in the price! VAT 25%, Consumption tax 3%, Income tax 36%, Pension contribution 15%, Health contribution 16,5%, Regos contribution 5% ” At the end of October 2018, the coordination of Croatian caterers during the consultation on the needs of quotas for the import of foreign workers requested the required quota of 17.955 people. This figure was proposed on the basis of the then demographic situation of the Republic of Croatia, which is even more devastating today than a year ago. Croatia full of life. A small country with big taxes Tourism is one of the most important components of the Croatian economy, generating over 20% of GDP. If the tourist season fails, the government will have to face the exodus of thousands of families who survive precisely thanks to catering and seasonal work, Medak points out. Such a negative trend continues, just before the tourist season. It also calls on the Government of the Republic of Croatia to address the seriousness of this situation and to urgently decide on an additional 5.000 quotas in the tourism and hospitality sector. If the competent institutions do not react promptly, the end of the potentially unsuccessful tourist season will bring incalculable damage to the Croatian economy, which will be almost impossible to mitigate. A photo of the price list of a Croatian restaurant is being shared on the Internet, which in an unusual way clearly shows guests how much the tax burden is in Croatia. I don’t know if this is an actual price list or just an illustration, but one thing is for sure – it’s just part of the tax burden, without the other levies and levies that every entrepreneur pays each month. The Coordination of Croatian Caterers appeals to the Ministry of Labor and Pension System and the Croatian Employment Service to send the 1600 available workers on the coast to work in tourism and catering to the nearest tourist and catering facilities in order to open a dialogue for employment. RESPONSE OF THE MINISTRY OF LABOR AND PENSION SYSTEM TO THE EMPLOYER’S APPEAL IN TOURISM: EMPLOYERS CONTACT CES RELATED NEWS: WILL WE FINALLY INTRODUCE THE SLOVENIAN MODEL FOR IMPORTING FOREIGN WORKERS FROM NEXT YEAR?