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Moldova Double Christmas Public Holidays Approved

Source: Agentia Informationala de Stat (Moldpres)
Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014


The government of Moldova has approved the change to Moldavian public holidays legislation declaring Western Christmas as a new annual non-working public holiday in Moldova, in addition to the current Orthodox Christmas annual non-working public holiday in Moldova.

The aforementioned announcement refers to a bill introduced by the government of Moldova, to declare Western Christmas as an annual non-working public holiday in Moldova, and which was passed, late last year (2013-12-19), by a majority of legislators from the current ruling coalition.

Four years ago (2009-12-04), when Western Christmas was decreed as a one-off non-working public holiday in Moldova, for the first time, Moldova's Prime Minister, Vladimir Filat, had announced that his government would introduce legislation to make December 25 an annual public holiday, starting the following year (începând cu 2010, ziua de 25 decembrie va fi declarata sarbatoare oficiala).

The aforementioned bill does not remove the Orthodox Christmas non-working public holiday on January 7, as specified (2010-04-15) by the law "On holidays, commemorative days and days of rest in Moldova" (nr. 262, 13 aprilie 2010).

What remains to be seen, now that December 25 is an annual non-working public holiday in Moldova, is whether Saturday, December 13, 2014, will be a regular working day, as it was declared, earlier this month (2013-12-07), to compensate the declaration of December 25, 2014, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Moldova.


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