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Portugal Public Holidays Changes Ruled Constitutional

Source: Governo de Portugal (Lisboa)
Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Updated: Saturday, March 19, 2016


More than a year after the Portuguese Government's cancellation of 4 annual non-working public holidays took effect, Portugal's constitutional court (Tribunal Constitucional) has ruled that the reduction of 4 annual non-working public holidays in Portugal was constitutional.

The constitutional challenge to Portugal's cancellation of 4 annual non-working public holidays was brought by the Communist party and other extreme left parties.

In a lengthy ruling on all aspects of the austerity package, of which the cancellation of 4 public holidays was only part, the Tribunal Constitucional ruled that Article 2 of the "Lei n.º 23/2012, de 25 de junho" (deixou de considerar como feriados obrigatórios os dias de Corpo de Deus, 5 de outubro, 1 de novembro e 1 de dezembro) was part of the "Normas declaradas constitucionais".

Last year's (2012-08-01) implementation of the cancellation of 4 annual non-working public holidays in Portugal followed much hesitation and debate (2011-10-15, 2011-07-03, 2011-12-01, 2012-01-18, 2012-03-12 and 2011-11-14), finally leading to a quadripartite agreement (2012-05-09) to cancel the annual Portuguese non-working public holidays of Corpo de Deus (Corpus Cristi), Implantação da República (October 5), Todos os Santos (November 1), and Restauração da independência (December 1st).

These 4 annual non-working public holidays are canceled for 5 years (2013-2017). 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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