Bulgaria to pay Christmas bonuses to 1.2M pensioners

Bulgaria will pay Christmas bonuses of 40 leva (about 20 euro) to pensioners who get pensions of up to 300 leva, the Cabinet decided on November 11.

This will mean bonuses for about 1 275 000 people. The payment will cost about 51 million leva.

Paying “bonuses” to pensioners at Christmas and Easter is a frequent practice in Bulgaria and has been done by a succession of governments.

In 2014, the government authorised the payment of the same sum to pensioners in the lowest pension brackets, a move that cost about 50 million leva. The current government also paid bonuses at Easter 2015.



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