(ČIA) The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic (MPO) will announce the call COVID-Gastro a uzavřené provozy on January 15, 2021. Parties interested in the call may send their applications beginning January 18. This was stated by Minister Karel Havlíček (for ANO) in a discussion with representatives of business associations. He added that firms can get compensations retroactively, up to mid-October 2020. According to Czech Confederation of Commerce and Tourism President Tomáš Prouza, pubs in rural areas and those repaying their businesses with help of a mortgage were experiencing the worst situation. The programs do not apply to them, Mr Prouza said. The confederation wants the system PES to include compensation schemes, so entrepreneurs know about available compensation plans.