Croatia Sets Presidential Polls For December 28

Croatia will go to the polls this Christmas after government spokesman Nikola Jelic confirmed on Wednesday that the first round of the presidential elections will be on December 28.

If a second round takes place, it will be held two weeks after, on January 11. This will take place if no candidate receives over 50 per cent of the votes.

Government Declares 5 Days Off For Christmas, For New Year

Bulgaria's caretaker government declared five days off for Christmas and five days off for New Year.

The schedule was approved at the government meeting on Wednesday.

December 24, 25 and 26 are by law holidays.

December 31, Wednesday, is a non-working day. It will be compensated on December 13, Saturday, which becomes a working day.

Bulgaria to Spend BGN 100 M Yearly on Pension Allowances

Bulgaria's government is planning to spend BGN 100 M (EUR 50 M) a year on Christmas and Easter pension allowances.

In 2015 alone, BGN 265 M (EUR 132.5 M) are to be put aside for pensions.

Their minimum threshold is expected to increase from BGN 154.50 (EUR 87.25) to BGN 168.50 (EUR 89.25) by July 1, 2017.