The minister of trade and entrepreneurship stressed that entry into the VAT system in the future will require annual income of 230,000 instead of 85,000 kuna. He also announced that the Government will create 50 000 new jobs in the labour market.
ZAGREB - Minister Gordan Maras was a guest, and television journalist Zoran Šprajc headed the event CISex Friday, which was held in Zagreb's Movie Pub on Friday organized by CISEx - Croatian Independent Software Exporters Association in a packed hall with more than 150 entrepreneurs from the ICT sector.
Minister of trade and entrepreneurship stressed that entry into the VAT system in the future will require annual income of 230,000 instead of 85,000 kuna.
Zoran Šprajc, while hosting the event, demonstrated a dose of humour well-known from his news broadcasts, and early on showed that the minister will not have an easy job with the issues and questions that the Croatian IT entrepreneurs prepared for him. To answer the introductory question, whether he had experience working in the private sector, given that the Minister is responsible for trade and entrepreneurship, minister Maras readily explained that he participated in the launch of the company that still operates.
Minister Maras has announced the establishment of the agency which will be responsible, among other tasks, for developing high-tech export. Apparently, before the establishment of this agency, we will not have a true government source for issues that are of primary importance to us. Minister Maras also announced his expectation that agency will handle a lot more useful activities abroad than from so-called economic diplomacy.
Minister Maras did not answer the question of whether and when will registration of corporate names in English be enabled.
Audience could hear that government is considering expanding the current law on the fulfilment of financial obligations, along with VAT system entry level in the future will require the annual income of 230,000 instead of 85,000 kuna, and its promise of making approx. 50 000 new jobs over the next two years. Minister said that all mentioned is only the beginning of returning the condition that we had several years ago.
After minister Maras, representatives of BICRO, Business Innovation Center, came to the hot-CISEx chair; general manager and director Dalibor Marijanović and Ivo Friganović (RAZUM program). Conversation with them was led by Hrvoje Bujas, member of the CISex Board.
In the next two weeks BICRO budget should pass, and then will be clear what the future of this institution is, but it is clear that BICRO through their programs, especially in the last five years, showed that the government should support the development of innovative projects, primarily in the most vulnerable, so-called seed stage. Entrepreneurs have shown tremendous interest in BICRO programs participation and eagerly await their next moves.