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Freshly returned from holidays, Romanian Prime Minister, Victor Ponta, announced that Friday, August 16, 2013, had been declared a one-off non-working public sector holiday throughout Romania to link the recently-added August 15 public holiday with the subsequent weekend.
As is common in such cases (2012-11-28 and 2012-04-26) when bridge public holidays are declared in Romania, the aforementioned one-off non-working public holiday on Friday, August 16, 2013, will be compensated by the declaration of a future Saturday as a regular working day in Romania, although the Saturday to compensate today's announced Friday, August 16, 2013, one-off non-working public sector holiday throughout Romania, has not yet been announced ("O sa adoptam hotararea de Guvern ca vineri sa fie zi libera, ceea ce se va recupera in una din zilele urmatoare").
Five years ago (2008-10-09), Romania's lower house of Parliament passed a law making August 15 (the feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, also know as the Assumption) a public holiday, starting in 2009. However, as August 15 fell on a Saturday in 2009 and on a Sunday in 2010, Romanians had to wait until 2011 to enjoy this new public holiday (public holidays that fall on a weekend date are not moved to the following Monday in Romania).
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