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Spain's Catalan Region Asking For Leeway In Public Holidays Dates
 
(Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2009)

Source: El País (Barcelona)

The Minister of Labour of Spain's autonomous region of Catalonia, Mar Serna, is asking the central government for more flexibility in moving mid-week public holidays to the nearest Monday.

Currently, each of Spain's regions can only decide on the choice and date of 2 of the renunciable national public holidays (Epiphany and Maundy Thursday) and 2 regional public holidays left to the discretion of each region.

In 1995, when both the December 6 and December 8 annual national public holidays fell in mid-week, the Catalan Ministerio de Trabajo had tried to avoid losing a week of work due to an impending superpuente, by moving the December 6 and 8 public holidays to the first and second Mondays of December, respectively. However, this attempt was met by a flat-out refusal by the Catholic Church, whose Episcopal Conference, at the time, declared that the Immaculate Conception (December 8) was an unmovable (irrenunciable) holiday.

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