Source: Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri (Rome)
In last night's meeting No.150, the Italian Council of Ministers approved a package of austerity measures which include the moving of the date when non-religious national public holidays are observed as non-working days.
Reports based on information leaked before the 9:30 pm press conference had claimed that those public holidays' observances would be moved to the nearest Sundays (in effect cancelling them as non-working public holidays).
However, following the press conference it appears that these will in fact be moved to the nearest Monday, to avoid the taking of 4-day or 5-day bridge holidays when a fixed-date public holiday falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. It is not clear, though, what would happen when fixed-date public holidays fall on a weekend (currently the public holiday remains on the weekend meaning that, on average, in 2 years out of 7, a fixed-date public holiday is "lost").
The aforementioned changes are thus expected to only affect the April 25 and June 2 annual public holidays.
Of course, this year's one-off public holiday for the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Unification of Italy (29-Jan-2011) will not be repeated.
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