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Croatian government to price cap food and medical products

ZAGREB, 14 March 2020 – The Croatian government has held a telephone session on Saturday at which it adopted the decision on measures to control pricing on certain products, the government said in a statement.

The decision is made to prevent the negative effects of changes in individual product prices and to prevent monopolistic pricing of products in relation to the outbreak of COVID-19 caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Croatia, thereby ensuring the protection of human health and life. 

Products to which the price control measure applies are flour, milk and milk powder, eggs, sugar, salt, rice, pasta, fresh meat, fish, fruits and vegetables, canned meat, canned fish, edible oil, baby food, baby diapers, drinking water, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, soap, water, disinfectants (including concentrated alcohol) for hands and spaces, protective overalls and other protective and medical clothing and footwear, goggles and visors, safety gloves, shoe covers, masks – surgical, FFP2, FFP3, respirators/transport ventilators, medicines and medical products, and bedding and other underwear for the healthcare system.

The decision applies to entities engaged in the registered activity of production and trade in the territory of the Republic of Croatia.

In accordance with the Emergency Price Control Act, the highest price is considered to be the price of a product as of January 30, 2020, when the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus a public health threat of international importance.

In addition, this decision authorises the Minister of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts, in the event of a shortage of the said products, to limit their sale outside the territory of the Republic of Croatia in accordance with Article 36 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

The State Inspectorate is responsible for the implementation of supervision, which will regularly inform the Ministry of Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts about the supervision.

The decision shall enter into force on the first day of its publication in the Official Gazette, Jutarnji list reported.

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