Source:Government Office of the Slovak Republic (Bratislava)
Posted: Monday, June 25, 2012
Most recent follow-up news item: December 31, 2020
Slovakia's premier, Robert Fico, has presented a fiscal consolidation package which sheds light on last month's, and this month's, announcement that the number of annual public holidays and non-working days in Slovakia, would be reduced by 2 annual public holidays.
Last month (2012-05-06), the government of Slovakia had announced that it was considering reducing the number of annual public holidays and non-working days in Slovakia to spur economic growth, and then last week (2012-06-21), a statement by Slovak premier, Robert Fico, added that the public holidays under consideration for cancellation were the September 1st, Constitution Day, non-working public holiday as well as the September 15, Virgin Mary of the Seven Sorrows, non-working public holiday.
In today's presentation, the Slovak premier confirmed that, to avoid having to re-negotiate its treaty with the Holy See (as did Portugal, recently, when it canceled 2 annual religious public holidays), the Virgin Mary of the Seven Sorrows, non-working public holiday would not be canceled, but rather it would be moved to the nearest Sunday.
In addition, Premier Fico hinted that the Slovak Cabinet was also considering moving the celebration of some other public holidays to Friday if they fall on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.
The governments of neighboring Slovenia (2012-05-02) and Croatia (2012-03-06) are also considering a reduction in their respective number of annual non-working public holidays.
Links and References
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