homeworldwide public holidaysnews and updatesspain > this page

Catalonia Asking For Leeway In Public Holidays Dates

Source: El País (Barcelona)
Posted: Wednesday, December 9, 2009


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 renunciablenational 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.



Links and References


Below are links to the news stories referred to in the above "Catalonia Asking For Leeway In Public Holidays Dates" news story, as well as links to subsequents news stories which refer to the present news story.