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Bosnian Public Holidays Legislation Stalled

Source: Federalna novinska agencija (Sarajevo)
Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2014
Updated: Saturday, April 27, 2019

Almost 5 years after Bosnia's Council of Ministers approved an initial draft law on public holidays in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the process of turning that draft into law is seemingly stalled.

In the summer of 2009 (2009-07-18), Bosnia's Council of Ministers had approved a draft law on public holidays. However, this draft was never converted into law, and last week, Bosnian parliament speaker, Denis Becirovic, sent a second version of a draft of public holidays for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In an attempt to pack the list of annual non-working public holidays in Bosnia and Herzegovina with consensual public holidays, the aforementioned second draft includes May 22, the date when Bosnia joined the UN.

However, the July 11, remembrance of the Srebrenica massacre in 1995, and the March 1st commemoration of the date when Bosnia gained independence from Yugoslavia, are still being rejected by the Serbs in Republika Srpska.

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