Debits and credits
The total volume of transactions with credit and debit cards on Black Friday in Turkey reached 3.4 billion Turkish Liras ($647.4 million) with an annual increase of 38 percent.
Sofia. The terminals for the purchase of e-vignettes will operate with debit and credit cards, no cash payments. This is what Road Infrastructure Agency Chair Svetoslav Glosov said during a presentation on e-vignette purchase for cars and vehicles of up to 3.5 tonnes at self-service terminals, Focus News Agency reports.
Tourists are being encouraged to pay with plastic during their holidays in Greece - and to always ask for a receipt - by a new campaign from the country's tax authority.
The "Apodixi_Please" (Receipt, Please) campaign of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (AADE) is being promoted on posters and online (aade.gr/apodixi).
The Finance Ministry has scheduled its next receipt lottery for January 30.
The ministry's Independent Authority for Public Revenue announced the draw on Tuesday will concern the online transactions that took place in December 2017. This concerns payments via credit and debit cards and all forms of electronic payments.
Restrictions on individuals opening a bank account unless they already have one, as well as the addition of another person to an existing account, and the ban on unfreezing inactive accounts were the three main changes introduced by the capital controls as far as individuals are concerned, according to a decision by Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos.
Banks are raising their estimates for plastic money transactions in 2017 to 20 billion euros, compared to an estimate for 2016 of 15 billion euros. This concerns transactions made by Greeks using debit and credit cards and not including those by foreign visitors, which would raise the sum for this year to 17 billion.
The Bulgarian Red Cross has launched a fundraising campaign to help people affected by Saturday's tragic incident in the northeastern village of Hitrino.
Seven people died and twenty-nine were injured after a dozen tanks loaded with propylene and liquefied petroleum gas derailed from a cargo train and one of them exploded in the center of Hitrino.