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The Government of Slovenia has announced its annual official list of bank holidays and non-working public holidays in Slovenia for the upcoming calendar year 2014.
Once again (2013-01-09), the aforementioned official list of 2014 bank holidays and public holidays in Slovenia reflects the 2012 austerity package which included a reduction in the list of annual Slovenian non-working public holidays (2012-06-01).
The reduction in the list of annual Slovenian non-working public holidays had first been announced (2012-03-26) by Slovenian Prime Minister, Janez Jansa in early 2012, and originally envisaged cutting 2 of the 14 annual Slovenian non-working public holidays, without specifying which annual public holidays were to be canceled. However, when the austerity package was introduced as legislation specifying that the annual public holidays for both the New Year and May Day, would each be reduced from two days to only one day off (2012-05-02), it sparked opposition from the trade unions and, in the end, Article 82 of the aforementioned bill, passed by the National Assembly (2012-05-12), only canceled the January 2 annual public holiday in Slovenia.
Finally, as per custom (2012-01-04, 2011-01-05 and 2010-01-06), the aforementioned announcement stipulates that public holidays in Slovenia do not follow the "sliding holiday" concept; that is to say, when a fixed-date public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday is a normal business day.
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