Source:Governo de Portugal (Lisboa)
Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017
The final block of the Portuguese Government's plan to reduce the number of annual public holidays has come into place as an agreement between the Portuguese government and the Vatican was finally reached today on the selection of the 2 religious public holidays to be dropped from the list of Portugal's annual non-working public holidays.
Recall that 2 secular and 2 religious non-working public holidays were to be removed from the official list of Portuguese non-working public holidays, as part of the public holidays revision initiated last year (2011-10-15), itself a variant of a plan floated earlier that summer (2011-07-03).
Originally (2011-12-01), the 4 canceled Portuguese public holidays were to be: Corpo de Deus (Corpus Cristi), Assunção de Nossa Senhora (August 15), Implantação da República (October 5), and Restauração da independência (December 1st).
At the beginning of this year (2012-01-18), an agreement was reached between the government of Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho and unions and employers on its planned cancellation of the 2 non-religious non-working Portuguese public holidays.
However, the cancellation of the 2 religious public holidays depended on the approbation of the Vatican, and there was some back and forth as the choice of which second half of the year public holiday to cancel differed between the Vatican and the local Portuguese Church (2012-03-12 and 2011-11-14).
As the aforementioned quadripartite agreement now stands, the canceled public holidays will be: Corpo de Deus (Corpus Cristi), Implantação da República (October 5), Todos os Santos (November 1), and Restauração da independência (December 1st). These will be canceled for 5 years (2013-2017) and at the end of that period the issue will be revisited ("A suspensão de quatro feriados, concretizada esta terça-feira, com o anúncio do acordo entre o Governo português e a Santa Sé, será reavaliada ao fim de cinco anos").
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