Aid to preserve jobs/aid for education and training of workers
- Name of the instrument - Local language
- Potpora za očuvanje radnih mjesta/potpora za obrazovanje ili osposobljavanje radnika
- Name of the instrument - English translation
- Aid to preserve jobs/aid for education and training of workers
- Type of instrument
- Grant for companies
- Type of entry
- Single instrument
- Short description
Companies experiencing a temporary slowdown in their business activity and/or incurring economic losses, having long-term employees or employees aged over 50, and facing the risk of reducing their workforce can apply for the grant to finance the costs of training their employees (up to 25% of the workforce). Only training of professional relevance for the applying company and included in company’s training plan is eligible. The maximum length of training is 6 months.
- Short description of the related instruments
- Level of operation
- Name of a part of the country
- Name of the region (for regional instruments)
- Name of the sector (for sectoral instruments)
- Key scheme
- Legal basis
The New Labour Act OG 93/14 regulates (among other things) the conditions, amount and manner of state aid given for protecting the jobs. It represents de minimis aid that could be granted to employers as a support for a) reducing full-time work or b) education and training of workers during the period, in which they cannot work for justified reasons e.g. company’s temporary slowdown or incurred economic losses. The regulation is in accordance with the provisions of Commission Regulation (EU) No. 1407/2013 of 18 December 2013 on the application of Articles 107 and 108 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to de minimis aid.
- Objective(s) and target(s)
To protect jobs, reduce unemployment.
- Year of implementation
- Year of latest amendment
The Croatian Ministry of Labour and Pension System is responsible for management; Croatioan Employment Service (CES) is responsible for implementation and monitoring.
A Commission appointed by the Minister of Labour and composed of representatives of the social partners and the CES gives an opinion on approval / disapproval of employers' application for aid.
- Eligible group(s)
Companies experiencing a temporary slowdown in its business activity and/or has incurred economic losses; in particular, companies with long-term employees and/or employees aged over 50.
- Group(s) with preferential treatment
- Education and training eligible
Employers applying for the aid have to develop a programme for education and training addressing their particular needs. The content of the training programme is one of the eligibility criteria for granting the aid. The programme should include also expected results and effects of learning.
- Source of financing and collection mechanism
- Financing formula and allocation mechanisms
Employers can apply for the aid to finance the costs of training of up to 25% of their employees. Training should not exceed 6 months.
The aid is transferred directly to employers, as reimbursement of the costs. Companies meeting predefined criteria best are funded.
De-minimis regulation is applied.
- Eligible costs
Fees and other costs related to education and training (travel, wages).
- Frequency of the use
- Volumes of funding
In 2013, the amount allocated was HKR 2 246 103. However, it includes both measures for reducing full-time work as well as measures for training and education.
- Beneficiaries/take up
In 2011 and 2012, the number of employers that benefited was 8 and the number of employees 894. In 2014, the total number of beneficiaries (employees) was 1 379. Data does not differentiate between measures for training and measures for reducing full-time work; it provides a total number.
- Organisation responsible for monitoring/evaluation
Croatian Employment Service (CES).
- Monitoring/evaluation reports available
CES provides some statistics related to the described instrument.
- Most relevant webpage - in English
- Most relevant webpage - local language
Labour Act (OG 93/14) - http://narodne-novine.nn.hr/clanci/sluzbeni/2014_07_93_1872.html
C - http://www.hzz.hr/UserDocsImages/Popis_poslodavaca_koji_su_koristili_MA…, list of employers who benefited from funding
CES, online statistics - http://www.hzz.hr/default.aspx?id=10023
Republic of Croatia, National Employment Promotion Plan