The Voice of Entrepreneurs Association sent an open letter to the Prime Minister Andrej Plenković requesting an urgent solution to the problem of passenger transport. We reiterate that for six months now there have been no solutions for the occasional passenger transport sector despite numerous agreements and meetings. In the public appearances of several ministers and their assistants, both from the last and from this convocation of the Government, non-refundable funds, loans and assistance to this affected sector were promised. We remind you that in this program, HBOR support is in charge of large companies, while HAMAG-BICRO is in charge of micro, small and medium-sized companies. We want to know if the role of HBOR is to distribute that money to big and important players before the small ones even get a chance to apply for these loans? Have we really come to the conclusion that one of the most affected sectors by this crisis has to beg for loans? We state that the grants that were promised to us, and the award of which is truly the only possibility that these companies will not fail, are no longer even mentioned. And for loans we ask the banks, but we can not get them. We did not receive an answer from the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure to the inquiries of the Voice of Entrepreneurs about these grants, agreements with commercial banks and the time when users will be able to start applying for necessary loans. However, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce organized a webinar where we learned everything that is written in the program published in July, which we knew how to read. Given that in occasional passenger transport business activity is almost non-existent and will not exist until the beginning of the next tourist season, please clarify from which funds the business owners will pay the amounts of “fees” for moratoriums, when through subsidies, and when they would be approved, disabled? Moratoriums on leasing with fair calculation of interest, grants and credit lines have been promised for months, but not a single kuna has yet landed on the accounts of micro, small and medium-sized companies in the occasional passenger transport sector. Ministers, assistant ministers and state secretaries have been promising assistance to the occasional passenger transport sector for six months. We wonder, is there a possibility that the competent institutions and ministries have already decided which companies will survive this crisis and which will go bankrupt? We ask you for clear answers and solutions to questions related to the occasional passenger transport sector. For example, what about the 600 million kuna state aid program, which has been mentioned and promised several times? In the end, they emphasize that the occasional transport is on its knees and on the verge of collapse. “The Voice of Entrepreneurs Association has been trying for months to establish a dialogue and cooperation with the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and with your Government in order to reach a quality solution for the occasional passenger transport sector. However, after a series of meetings, media inquiries and our protests, we can say that the occasional transport of passengers due to the negligence of you and the ministers in the Government of the Republic of Croatia is doomed. After as many as five protests by entrepreneurs and craftsmen from the occasional passenger transport sector and five meetings in the Ministries of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure and Tourism and Sports, we believe that Minister Oleg Butković should take responsibility for the collapse of companies and the closure of 20 jobs. We also expect the Government of the Republic of Croatia to take responsibility and offer urgent and quality solutions for the occasional passenger transport sector, because there is no more time. ” Mr. Plenković, if the companies in occasional passenger transport were operating normally as in the time before the corona virus, they would not even need the loans in question. Also, when these grants were announced at the May and June meetings, they were presented as grants with elaborate conditions and categorization of allocations by vehicle age and size. In reality, we have loans that cannot be obtained, with conditions that have nothing to do with common sense. And even if someone, by some miracle, gets the loan, which should serve to help the most vulnerable companies, these funds can not pay credit or leasing obligations, and it is these obligations are a noose around the neck of entrepreneurs in this industry. We are transmitting their letter in its entirety. In those banks that have signed these agreements, support is also impossible to obtain because the client’s business and creditworthiness are analyzed in a way as if the Covid crisis does not exist and the requests are largely rejected. What, then, is the meaning of this program, what is it intended for and for whom, and why is it called aid if it is the vulnerable companies that have no chance of achieving the same aid? – it is stated in the letter signed by the president of the association Voice of Entrepreneurs Hrvoje Bujas and the coordinator of the subcommittee for transport Marko Slišković. In conversations and correspondence with HBOR and HAMAG, we heard that funds for help exist, but small entrepreneurs and craftsmen cannot reach them. We hope that the Government of the Republic of Croatia is aware that by the end of the year most companies in the occasional passenger transport sector will go bankrupt. An entire branch of the economy will be shut down solely through the fault of the competent ministry, which ignored all attempts at cooperation, and we did not receive understanding and concrete moves from the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, or you personally. The UGP points out that for six months now there have been no solutions for the occasional passenger transport sector, despite numerous agreements and meetings. What they propose as one of the quality solutions for the occasional passenger transport sector are moratoriums on leasing with a fair calculation of interest, grants and credit lines through HBOR or Hamag Bicro. Why, even after three months from the decision of your Government, have agreements not been signed with the largest commercial banks in Croatia regarding the placement of these funds? What is it in terms that prevents the largest banks from participating in this program?
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