- Published: 05.06.2020.
State Secretary Dragan Jelić participated in the 13th Online PES Board meeting
In his welcoming speech, State Secretary Jelić stated that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the EU has faced one of the greatest challenges in its history and many Member States had to introduce strict lockdown to protect the safety and health of citizens, including limiting or temporarily stopping many business activities. To fight the negative effects of the lockdown on the economy, Member States have launched a number of measures to support labour markets and business. The Croatian Government has for instance adopted a comprehensive package of economic measures related to the job preservation in the COVID-19 circumstances, such as the job retention subsidy in the amount of 4000 HRK per employee, explained the State Secretary Jelić. He stressed that the Croatian Employment Service has played a crucial role in the swift and effective distribution of these subsidies, providing continuous assistance and support to the applicants.
State Secretary Jelić concluded that many industries have changed, or will need to change their work patterns and business processes, not only because of the COVID -19 pandemic but also because of the ongoing digital and green transition. Those changes only emphasized the importance of public employment services in maintaining the resilience and stability of the labour markets through reskilling and upskilling of the workforce. Therefore, further efforts have to be made to build their capacities and develop new services so that they may timely respond to current and future labour market needs.