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Business Reforms in Croatia

= Doing Business reform making it easier to do business. Negative =  Change making it more difficult to do business.

DB2018

Dealing with Construction Permits: Croatia made dealing with construction permits more costly by increasing the administrative fees for building and occupancy permits.

Registering Property: Croatia made it less costly to transfer property by lowering the real estate transfer tax.

DB2017

Starting a Business: Croatia made starting a business more difficult by increasing notary fees.

Protecting Minority Investors: Croatia strengthened minority investor protections by requiring detailed internal disclosure of conflicts of interest by directors.

Paying Taxes: Croatia made paying taxes more complicated by introducing a radio and television fee, and eliminating the reduction of the Chamber of Economy fee for new companies.

DB2016

Enforcing Contracts: Croatia made enforcing contracts easier by introducing an electronic system to handle public sales of movable assets and by streamlining the enforcement process as a whole.

Labor Market Regulation: 1) Croatia eliminated the requirement to retrain or reassign employees before they can be made redundant. 2) In accordance with the Minimal Wage Act, Art. 1, published in Official Gazette No.151/2014, the minimum wage has been increased from 3.017,61 Kuna/month to 3.029,55 Croatian Kuna/month gross salary, in force for the period of January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.

DB2015

Starting a Business: Croatia made starting a business easier by reducing notary fees.

Dealing with Construction Permits: Croatia made dealing with construction permits easier by reducing the requirements and fees for building permits and carrying out the final building inspection more promptly.

Paying Taxes: Croatia made paying taxes more complicated for companies by raising the health insurance contribution rate, increasing the Croatian Chamber of Commerce fees and introducing more detailed filing requirements for VAT. On the other hand, it abolished the contribution to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.

Trading across Borders: Croatia made trading across borders easier by implementing a new electronic customs system.

Labor Market Regulation: Croatia lifted the 3-year limit on the duration of first-time fixed-term contracts.

DB2014

Paying Taxes: Croatia made paying taxes easier for companies by introducing an electronic system for social security contributions and by reducing the rates for the forest and Chamber of Commerce contributions.

Trading across Borders: Croatia made trading across borders easier by improving the physical and information system infrastructure at the port of Rijeka and by streamlining export customs procedures in preparation for accession to the Common Transit Convention of the European Union.

Enforcing Contracts: Croatia made enforcing contracts easier by streamlining litigation proceedings and transferring certain enforcement procedures from the courts to state agencies.

Resolving Insolvency: Croatia made resolving insolvency easier by introducing an expedited out-of-court restructuring procedure.

DB2013

Paying Taxes: Croatia made paying taxes less costly for companies by reducing the health insurance contribution rate.

DB2012

Getting Credit: In Croatia the private credit bureau started to collect and distribute information on firms, improving the credit information system.

DB2011

Starting a Business: Croatia eased business start-up by allowing limited liability companies to file their registration application with the court registries electronically through the notary public.

Dealing with Construction Permits: Croatia replaced the location permit and project design confirmation with a single certificate, simplifying and speeding up the construction permitting process.

Paying Taxes: Croatia made paying taxes more difficult and costly for companies by introducting a tourist fee.

Labor Market Regulation: Croatia increased the mandatory paid annual leave.

DB2010

Dealing with Construction Permits: Croatia improved its construction permitting process through the operation of a one-stop shop and enforcement of the building code.

DB2009

Dealing with Construction Permits: Croatia made dealing with construction permits easier through a new building code that eliminated several procedures for obtaining a building permit—though other changes caused an administrative backlog for building and occupancy permits that increased the overall time required.

Paying Taxes: Croatia made paying taxes easier for companies by encouraging online filing.

Trading across Borders: Croatia reduced the time for exporting and importing through ongoing improvements in port infrastructure.

DB2008

Starting a Business: Croatia made starting a business easier by enhancing the services of the one-stop shop.

Registering Property: Croatia reduced the time required to register property through ongoing improvements at the land registry.

Getting Credit: Croatia strengthened its secured transactions system by launching a unified and geographically centralized collateral registry and improved access to credit information by setting up a new private credit bureau, HROK.

Resolving Insolvency: Croatia made resolving insolvency easier through amendments to its insolvency act regulating the profession of bankruptcy administrators.