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