This year the focus is on quality versus quantity – Advent in Zagreb

first_imgThe best Advent in Europe starts on Saturday 2 December and will run, along with New Year’s events, until 7 January 2018. Thus, on Saturday, in addition to the traditional lighting of the 1st Advent candle on Manduševac and the grand opening of the Ice Park and Advent on Zrinjevac, Advent on the European Square, Fuliranje, Christmas fairy tale and others will open. On Sunday, December 3, Advent in the Upper Town opens, which includes: Advent on Vranicanijeva poljana – The Story from Grič, Advent in the Klovićevi dvori Gallery, Advent on the Strauss and Advent in the Tunnel.The new slogan of the best Advent in Europe is: Sugar comes at the end of the year! Advent in Zagreb, and also this year Zagreb will compete for the title of the best European Christmas Fair 2018 and will try to be the best in Europe for the third year in a row. This year, the focus is on quality versus quantity, said the director of the Zagreb Tourist Board, Martina Bienenfeld, “Of course thanks to analyzes of last year’s Advent we concluded that last year there were too many locations that were in Advent. So this year we have reduced the number of locations with Advent content by as much as seven locations. ” points out Bienenfeld.The Zagreb Tourist Board and its partners have prepared new programs for many visitors and citizens, especially Advent at Prekrižje, which was realized in cooperation with the Office of the President of the Republic of Croatia, and other novelties are: Advent at the Croatian Railway Museum, Advent at the ZOO, Advent in Marićev prolaz and Caffe de Matoš. The Advent spirit will bring to life the HDLU where the exhibition Nikola Tesla – Mind from the future is set, and you will be able to experience the real warmth of Christmas in the Parish of St. Blaža where the exhibition of the same name is held. There are also traditional programs such as: Living Christmas Nativity Scene, From the Christmas Balconies in Zagreb, special programs in MUO, HNK, Mimara, Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum, and, of course, the Advent program on Ban Jelačić Square, Advent wreath in Bogovićeva, Gajeva and surrounding streets and the Gift with a Story project as part of the Super Christmas program.By the way, Advent in Zagreb is the most important event in our capital, and last year there was an increase of 34% in arrivals and 37% in overnight stays. Namely, according to the data of the Tourist Board, in December 2016, 94.573 arrivals and 169.095 overnight stays were recorded, while in December 2015, 70.551 arrivals and 123.734 overnight stays were recorded.All news, service information about the parking lot and special ZET lines, as well as details of individual programs are available on the website Advent in Zagreblast_img read more

Netherlands roundup: Schemes ‘must reclaim mistakenly paid benefits’

first_imgKLM’s scheme for cabin crew is overhauling its board structureThe €3.2bn KLM pension fund for cabin staff (Cabinepersoneel) is to switch from a board of equal representation to a two-tier board as of 1 July.The new board will comprise three external executive members and six non-executive trustees representing workers, pensioners and the sponsor, under by an independent chair.In the new board model, the non-executive members will operate as a supervisory board, supported by an external audit committee.Currently, the pension fund has a single 10-person board.On its website, KLM Cabinepersoneel explained that finding new board members had become increasingly difficult legal requirements for trustees had become stricter.It believed a two-tier board would solve this problem while maintaining communications with and accountability to the scheme’s membership.The new board will remain accountable to the pension fund’s accountability body.The pension fund indicated that board costs would rise slightly, but would be offset in part by better decision-making and lower implementation costs.The KLM pension fund is not the first scheme opting for the two-tier board, which became a legal option in 2014. The Dutch schemes of Philips (€18.5bn), IBM (€4.5bn), Ahold Delhaize (€4.6bn) and ABN Amro (€26.5bn) have already adopted the model, as have the industry-wide schemes PME (€47bn), Schoonmaak (€5bn) and SBZ (€5.4bn).In January, the €1.3bn pension fund of shipping firm Nedlloyd announced a plan to adopt the two-tier model. As a consequence, 555 pensioners received €12 too much every month, and ABP had asked them to reimburse these benefits. Pieter Omtzigt, MP for Christian Democrats party in NetherlandsIt decided to refrain from reclaiming from pensioners whose overpayments were less than €12 a month, and promised to fully compensate more than 600 other pensioners who were underpaid.Koolmees did not comment on criteria for reclaiming pension payments “as this is the schemes’ responsibility”.He suggested that pension funds should lay down their policy for the issue “with guarantees for content and process”.KLM’s cabin staff scheme opts for two-tier boardcenter_img Pension funds have a legal duty to reclaim pension benefits that have been paid out by mistake, according to Dutch social affairs minister Wouter Koolmees.Answering questions posed by MP Pieter Omtzigt, he said that pension funds should also focus on the outcomes for members in order to avoid “unnecessary legal discourse”.Omtzigt – MP for the Christian Democrats (CDA) – wanted to know participants’ rights if they had received benefits without being aware that they were too high.His questions were triggered by the €407bn civil service scheme ABP, which tried to claw back benefits it had paid based on information obtained from social security bank SVB, which turned out to be incorrect.last_img read more