EU-bound Croatia to hold local elections on May 19

Croatia is to hold local elections on May 19, barely a month before its entry into the EU, a vote seen as a key test for the centre-left rulers in the recession-hit country, the government said Thursday.

Recent surveys have showed a further drop in popularity Social Democratic Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic's government.

The centre-left coalition took over from corruption-plagued conservatives in late 2011 and has struggled to revive the economy, in recession since 2009.

Croatia is set to become the European Union's 28th member on July 1.