Source:Boletín Oficial del País Vasco (BOPV)
Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The executive of Spain's autonomous region of the País Vasco has announced that it has finally decided on July 25 (Santiago Apóstol) as the date of the public holiday, in 2014 at least, to replace the recently-canceled October 25 public holiday, and that it would soon amend the relevant decree ("Decreto 381/2013, de 9 de julio, de la Comunidad Autónoma del País Vasco/Euskadi, por el que se aprueba el Calendario Oficial de Fiestas Laborales de la Comunidad Autónoma de Euskadi para el año 2014") accordingly.
Last month (2013-11-15), Spain's Basque Parliament approved a bill aiming to cancel, as soon as 2014, the October 25 annual non-working public holiday, added to the list of Spain's Basque public holidays a few years ago (2010-04-23).
Thus ended the process begun the previous month (2013-10-30), when Spain's Basque Parliament began debating in commission a recent bill aiming to cancel the October 25 annual non-working public holiday added to the list of Spain's Basque public holidays a few years ago, when the parliament of Spain's Autonomous Region of País Vasco approved the declaration of October 25 as the "Día del País Vasco" (Euskadiko Eguna) to commemorate the anniversary date of the Statute of Gernika in 1979, beginning in 2011.
Last spring (2013-06-08 and 2013-05-26) a bill had been introduced in the Basque parliament aiming to replace the October 25 public holiday, but the "Decreto 381/2013, de 9 de julio, de la Comunidad Autónoma del País Vasco/Euskadi, por el que se aprueba el Calendario Oficial de Fiestas Laborales de la Comunidad Autónoma de Euskadi para el año 2014." for the upcoming calendar year 2014, had in it the October 25, Día del País Vasco, public holiday maintained.
So far no date had been set to replace the October 25 non-working public holiday. Originally, the date of December 3 (San Francisco Javier) has been widely circulated, but on the sidelines of last month's vote, the date of July 25 had been being circulated as the more likely.
Note that, in face of fierce opposition criticisms, the País Vasco executive stopped short of declaring July 25 as the new Basque National day.
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