If you live in Croatia your name could end up posted on the internet. Not in lights of stardom – but on a ‘name and shame’ list.
That is what the government in Zagreb is doing with the country’s tax dodgers.
The Finance Ministry has published the names of more than 100,000 debtors who are more than 90 days in arrears.
The list includes large and small companies as well as individuals. But some believe the government is targeting the wrong people.
“They should have worried about how these debts were made, and they were made because the institutions were not functioning. So we have to fight to make institutions work properly, not with populist measures,” said Zlatko Zelijko of the legal protection association Juris Protecta.
The worst individual debtor owes eight million euros. A construction firm with a debt of 38 million tops the company list.
The Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the move to put Croatia’s fiscal house in order.