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Italy 2013 Public Holidays Move Ruled-Out

Source: Governo Italiano Comunicati stampa del Consiglio dei Ministri (Rome)
Posted: Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Italian Council of Ministers, in yesterday's weekly meeting, has decided not to move any of the 2013 annual Italian non-working public holidays to adjoin the nearest weekend, as had been decided last summer.

As per the minutes of yesterday's "Consiglio dei Ministri n.39 del 20/07/2012" the matter of the calendar of 2013 non-working public holidays was considered in the context of last summer's "Decreto-Legge 13 agosto 2011, n. 138 (Ulteriori misure urgenti per la stabilizzazione finanziaria e per lo sviluppo)" (2011-08-13, 2011-08-17, 2011-09-05 and 2011-10-14), which specified, among other things, that the annual list of Italian public holidays would be finalized by November 30 of the previous year, at the latest ("A decorrere dall'anno 2012 con decreto del Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri, previa deliberazione del Consiglio dei Ministri, da emanare entro il 30 novembre dell'anno precedente").

It was finally decided not to move any of the 2013 fixed-date public holidays as the measure did not seem to guarantee any sufficient savings ("la misura non dà sufficienti garanzie di risparmio"), and that the original decree's justification that this was the norm in Europe had proved to be incorrect.

It would therefore appear that the recent proposal (2012-07-19) to amend the list of official non-working public holidays in Italy, by cancelling some, and moving some to the nearest Sunday, will not take effect (if it ever does), before 2014.

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