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Portugal Could Restore 4 Public Holidays Before 2018
 
(Posted on Wednesday, November 11, 2015)

Source: Assembleia da República (Lisboa)

Following last night's forced resignation of Portugal's center-right government, the likelihood that the recent project to restore the 4 public holidays canceled 3 years ago, before 2018, the "Projeto de Lei n.º 749/XII - Restitui os feriados nacionais obrigatórios eliminados" will be approved has increased dramatically.

A few years ago (01-Aug-2012), after much hesitation and debate (15-Oct-2011, 03-Jul-2011, 01-Dec-2011, 18-Jan-2012, 12-Mar-2012 and 14-Nov-2011), a quadripartite agreement (09-May-2012) led to the cancellation of 4 annual non-working public holidays in Portugal: Corpo de Deus (Corpus Cristi), Implantação da República (October 5), Todos os Santos (November 1), and Restauração da independência (December 1st). These 4 annual non-working public holidays were canceled for 5 years (2013-2017). At the end of that period the issue is to be revisited ("A suspensão de quatro feriados, concretizada esta terça-feira, com o anúncio do acordo entre o Governo português e a Santa Sé, será reavaliada ao fim de cinco anos").

This was followed by a constitutional challenge to Portugal's cancellation of 4 annual non-working public holidays, brought by the Communist party and other extreme left parties, but Portugal's constitutional court (Tribunal Constitucional) eventually ruled that the reduction of 4 annual non-working public holidays in Portugal was constitutional (27-Sep-2013), a ruling which did not deter the leader of the Communist Party caucus of Portugal's parliament, a few months later (04-Dec-2013), from introducing another bill that would restore the 4 annual non-working public holidays.

Related links and worldwide public holidays news updates:
Portugal bank holidays and public holidays (news and updates)
Worldwide bank holidays and public holidays news updates (November 2015)
Portugal 2017 bank holidays and public holidays (current year)
Portugal 2018 bank holidays and public holidays (next year)
Portugal 2019 bank holidays and public holidays
Portugal 2020 bank holidays and public holidays
Portugal 2021 bank holidays and public holidays
• 2017-01-12: Portugal To Vote On Carnival Public Holiday
• 2017-01-02: Portugal To Examine Carnival Public Holiday
• 2016-03-19: Portugal Public Holidays Officially Restored
• 2016-01-08: Portugal Restores 4 Public Holidays
• 2016-01-03: Portugal Public Holidays Restoration Update
• 2015-12-19: Portugal Public Holidays Restoration Vote January 8
• 2013-12-04: Portugal Bill To Restore Public Holidays
• 2013-09-27: Portugal Public Holidays Changes Ruled Constitutional
• 2012-08-01: Portugal Public Holidays Changes Take Effect
• 2012-05-09: Portugal Public Holidays Reduction Finalized
• 2012-03-12: Portugal Religious Public Holidays Update
• 2012-01-18: Portugal Public Holidays Cancellation Update
• 2011-12-01: Portugal Public Holidays Revision Update 2
• 2011-11-14: Portugal Public Holidays Revision Update
• 2011-10-15: Portugal Mid-Week Public Holiday Update
• 2011-07-03: Portugal Considering Public Holidays Revision


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