Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2011 Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017
As part of its most recent package of austerity measures, the Portuguese Government is once again considering moving public holidays that fall in the middle of the week to adjoin a weekend.
As a variant of the plan floated last summer (2011-07-03), the aforementioned proposals would move public holidays that fall on a Tuesday and Thursday, in 2012, to Mondays or Fridays, to avoid people taking 4-day public holidays.
The current plan is similar to one announced (2011-08-17), then withdrawn (2011-09-05), by Italy in that is keeps some public holidays' dates as unmovable (Christmas and May Day) while setting the changes only one year at the time.
Last year (2010-07-23), Portugal's parliament had rejected a similar draft bill that would have removed some public holidays while moving the date of some other public holidays to adjoin the nearest weekend.
Links and References
Below are links to the news stories referred to in the above "Portugal Mid-Week Public Holiday Update" news story, as well as links to subsequents news stories which refer to the present news story.