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Belgium Public Holidays News and Updates

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This page contains a sampling of our database of news and updates related to Belgium public holidays, bank holidays, government holidays and national holidays, as of October 2020, and covering calendar year 2022 Belgium public holidays, gathered as part of our continuous monitoring of worldwide news media and official government sources to detect changes to bank holidays and public holidays legislation, or ad hoc bank holidays and public holidays changes, anywhere in the world.

Below is this list of Belgium public holidays news and updates.

2020 (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

  • Oct
  • 1
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  • Belgium Considering 2 Additional Public Holidays

    De Standaard (Antwerp) - The newly formed Belgian government has given impetus to the Consultation Committee on Institutional Reform whose proposals include the change of each federal state (community) government public holiday into full public holidays for both the private and public sectors.
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  • Sep
  • 27
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  • Belgium 2021 Public Holidays Announced

    Conseil National Belge Du Travail (Brussels) - The Belgian government has released its list of 2021 public holidays in Belgium, including additional Community holidays and public holidays for civil servants only.
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2012

  • Feb
  • 26
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  • Belgium Pentecost Public Holiday Faces The Ax

    RTBF INFO (Brussels) - Belgium's Defense Minister, Pieter De Crem, has proposed a set of measures to reduce Belgium's budget deficit, including the cancellation of the annual Pentecost Monday public holiday.
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2010

  • Aug
  • 6
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  • Belgium To Re-Consider July 11 Public Holiday Status

    RTBF INFO (Antwerpen) - The ministre-président of Belgium's Flemmish region, Kris Peeters, has announced in Parliament that he would like to make July 11 a full-fledged public holiday in Flanders.
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2009

  • Aug
  • 24
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  • Belgium Minister Wants Ramadan Public Holiday

    RTBF Info (Bruxelles) - Belgium's government minister for the Bruxelles capital region, Benoit Cerexhe, has suggested adding a floating public holidays for the end of Ramadan Muslim festival.
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  • Aug
  • 21
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  • Belgium Could Add 3 Regional Public Holidays

    Le Soir (Bruxelles) - A Belgian legislator, Ben Weyts (N-VA), will introduce a bill making each of the 3 community holidays (July 11, September 27, and November 15) into fully-paid public holidays in their respective community.
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  • May
  • 17
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  • Belgium's Unlikely To Adopt Floating Public Holidays

    Conseil National Belge Du Travail (Brussels) - The Conseil National Belge Du Travail (CNT) has released an opinion paper ("avis n° 1687 du 6 mai 2009") rejecting a mandatory floating public holiday whereby each individual could choose one public holiday to match his/her religious or philosophical views.
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2008

  • Jan
  • 29
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  • Belgium Announces May 2 and November 10 Bridge Public Holidays

    Het Laatste Nieuws + RTL Info + Le Vif - Labour Minister, Josly Piette, announced that May 2, 2008, will be the official day off to compensate for the conjunction of Labour Day and Ascension Day in 2008, unless a specific other date is agreed to.
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  • Jan
  • 10
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  • Belgium Cancels Upcoming May 2 Public Holiday

    De Standaard - Belgium's interim Federal Minister of Labor, Josly Piette, announced yesterday that May 2, 2008, will not be an official public holiday, thereby cancelling last April's decision by his predecessor, Peter Vanvelthoven, taken to compensate for the fact that, in 2008, both May Day and Ascension fall on the same date. May 2, 2008, Ascension Friday, will therefore revert to its usual status as a banks-only holiday.
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2007

  • Apr
  • 24
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  • Belgium Announces May 2 Public Holiday In 2008

    RTL Infos - Belgium's Minister of Labor has decided to make Friday May 2, 2008 a public holiday in Belgium as compensation for the fact that both May Day and Ascension fall on the same date.
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  • Apr
  • 23
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  • Belgium Considering Adding A Sunday Public Holiday In 2008

    RTL Infos - In a, yet to be confirmed, measure, Belgium's Minister of Labor is considering declaring a one-off public holiday in Belgium, on Sunday, August 10, 2008, to compensate for the fact that, in 2008, the May Day public holiday and the Ascension public holiday, will both fall on the same date, something that has not happened since 1913, and will not happen again until 2160.
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  • Jan
  • 18
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  • Belgium Public Holidays News Update

    Euronews - Belgium has set a date for its next federal election: June 10, the same day as the first round of parliamentary elections in neighboring France.
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See also: Belgium bank holidays and public holidays for 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026.

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