The Ministry of Social Policy and Youth has implemented in 2015. a series of measures and activities to assist the most vulnerable categories of citizens, most notably the forgiveness of debts up to the 35.000 kuna for the poorest citizens, and the year will be remembered by the new Family Law suspended by the Constitutional Court.

The Constitutional Court suspended the Family Act in January after non-governmental organizations, including Babe and "On behalf of the family", filed a constitutional complaint considering it to be of a minor and contradictory constitution. Afterwards, the new amended Family Law was adopted by the Croatian Parliament in July, but the dissatisfied ones again assessed it as bad, arguing that, despite numerous criticisms of the profession and citizens, it remained almost unchanged, full of bad and unacceptable legal provisions.

New law created for 13 days

Critics also criticized the Minister of Social Policy and Youth, Milanko Opacic, that the new law was drafted for 13 days, and it is not known who the members of the working group that participated in it.

In February, the government adopted an Agreement to alleviate the financial difficulties of the poorest categories of citizens, estimating that the write-off of the debt to the 35.000 kuna could be covered by 60.000 citizens. The opposition evaluated this by a pre-election measure that would not yield results, and called for a comprehensive solution to help 300.000 citizens block. The deadline for submitting a debt claim lasted up to 31. July.

The measure had two categories of debtors A and B. In Category A were the most vulnerable citizens, beneficiaries of some of the social benefits, and in category B citizens whose monthly income was up to the 2.500 kuna for single or 1.250 kunas per family member and who did not have other assets apart from the real estate they live in. In both categories, debts of citizens with accounts blocked for at least one year or 30 were taken into account. September 2014.

More than 30.000 debts have been written off

In October, official data were published that total 30.202 debts were written off and postponed, that is, 294 creditors who signed the agreement with the government, canceled 107 million and deferred claims for another 15 million.

Most debts were forgiven by Croatian Radio Television (HRT), then Croatian Telekom, Vipnet, Croatian Postal Bank, Zagrebačka banka, then Ministry of Finances, Croatian Health Insurance Institute, Zagreb Holding etc.

In October, HRT with the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth signed a contract reducing the RTV fee from the 80 kuna to the 40 kuna for retirees whose pension is smaller than the 1.500 kuna.

Vessels of the 200 kuna for electricity

At the end of September, the Government presented vouchers from the 200 kuna monthly for electricity consumption for social welfare beneficiaries in order to combat energy poverty. At the base of the social welfare system there was information that the vouchers would have the right to 125.000 of Croatian citizens, or around 70.000 households. Because of this, they said from the Government, the current will not go down and the cost will not fall on the burden of citizens.

The Central Bureau of Statistics announced in May that the rate of poverty risk in Croatia for 2014. year was 19,4 percent and that at risk of poverty or social exclusion last year there were 29,3 percent of persons. At a rate of 19,4 percent, Croatia was in the EU aggregate countries with an above-average poverty risk rate and eight at the rate of that rate.

Statistics show that the rate of risk of poverty by age and sex in the last year was highest in people aged 65 and over the years - 23,1 percent.

(Hina)