A meeting was held at the Ministry of Tourism on the topic of a 12-month moratorium on leasing without charging interest, with the participation of the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association (UGP), the Occasional Passenger Transport Initiative (PPP), the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure and representatives of seven leasing companies, I believe that a big step forward has been made with the positive responses of leasing companies, but the work is not even close, said Marko Slišković from the PPP Initiative and added: “Očekujem nakon dostave dokumenata koji su zatraženi od nas i leasing kuća da država promptno reagira na način kako je i obećano, kako bismo već sljedeći tjedan bili sigurni da je spašeno više od 2000 tvrtki s 20 000 zaposlenika. Također, potrebno i da druge leasing kuće prihvate dogovor, pogotovo Mercedes Benz leasing koji do sada nije pokazao nimalo razumijevanja za svoje klijente. ” said Slišković, adding that this problem can only be resolved in tripartite. UGP and IPPP prepared a joint document with which other employers’ associations agreed. It contains proposals to the Government on how to resolve this situation. Leasing a house will do the same. UGP and the Occasional Passenger Transport Initiative (PPP) have repeatedly warned that leasing companies in Croatia have not responded adequately to the new situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and their actions jeopardize the survival of the entire tourist branch of occasional passenger transport. Kako ističu iz UGP-a, prisutne leasing kuće složile su se s prijedlozima UGP-a i Inicijative povremenog prijevoza putnika.” The present leasing companies undertook to offer a deferral of principal and interest for 12 months as a matter of urgency, and the only open question was the method of calculating and writing off interest.” “I am extremely sorry that we did not agree on such a solution at the first meeting we had at HANFA almost a month ago, because this time it is the only way we can all overcome the crisis with minimal job losses. I expect a quick reaction from the Ministry of Finance and their concrete proposal based on our documents. A tripartite agreement between the users, leasing companies and the Government is the only correct way to the solution. ” He said Dražen Oreščanin, executive director of the association Glas Poduzetnika. The PPP and UGP initiative proposed the following: Calculation of interest in such a way that in the period of deferral, monthly interest is calculated on the deferred monthly principal in the amount agreed in the Leasing Agreement. Through HBOR, the government should provide funds to leasing companies at more favorable interest rates than before. It is necessary to establish a guarantee fund whose source would be within the non-refundable 7,3 billion euros that will be available to Croatia from the European Union. In this case, after the moratorium expires in March or April next year, when these funds will be available, leasing companies would write off interest to their clients, while the state would pay leasing companies half of the accrued interest under the current model, and the other half would be leasing. houses was recognized as a tax deduction. Nakon mnogo akcija UGP-a i Inicijative PPP te niza prosvjeda, uključujući onaj prvi poduzetnika, ministarstva su napokon odlučila reagirati i uključiti se u rješavanje problema povremenog prijevoza, ističu iz UGP-a te dodaju: “Representatives of the Ministry of Finance did not attend the meeting, which we consider extremely bad because they are the key to solving the problem, as well as representatives of Mercedes Benz leasing, Agram and PBZ leasing, whose clients are many of our members. We consider this a marked disrespect for the Croatian state and their clients.”Point out from UGP.
According to minister’s statement, there was a discussion at the meeting about whether a pension fund exemption should apply in general or if member states should be able to work with an individual “opt-out clause”.The statement also noted that a “number of member states also pointed out the international economic context which is very volatile at this point, due to Brexit and possible new financial regulations in the US for example”.The statement said that further technical analysis of the effects of a FTT on the real economy and the pension funds will be carried out by the next meeting, which will take place at the end of March. The 10 EU member states negotiating the possible introduction of a financial transactions tax (FTT) are to carry out further technical analysis of its effects on pension funds and the real economy.The decision to take this step comes after a possible exemption for pension funds was discussed during a meeting of the finance ministers of the member states earlier this week. Belgium is one of the member states involved in the negotiations and is concerned about the effect of a FTT on pension funds. The Belgian occupational pensions association has been very vocal about the damaging effect it believes the FTT would have on pension funds in the country.In a statement, the Belgian finance minister, Johan Van Overtfeldt, said that the “safeguarding of pension funds” is one of the provisions of the federal government’s coalition agreement.