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Bulgaria Moves To Overhaul 2017 Public Holidays

Source: Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria (Sofia)
Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Updated: Thursday, January 4, 2018


Bulgaria's Cabinet has approved changes to Bulgaria's public holidays legislation, as recently proposed by Bulgaria's Minister of Labour, Zornitca Rusinova, to put an end to the practice of declaring one-off bridge public holidays in Bulgaria, whenever a fixed-date public holiday in Bulgaria occurred on a Tuesday or a Thursday.

Today's decision follows last month's announcement (2016-10-12) by Bulgaria's Minister of Labour, Zornitca Rusinova, that she would propose changes to the Bulgarian Labour Code, putting an end to the government practice of "rearranging working days" whereby the Bulgarian Council of Ministers would annually declare Monday and Friday one-off public holidays in Bulgaria, whenever an annual non-working public holiday of Bulgaria fell on a Tuesday or Friday.

The aforementioned proposed changes to Bulgaria's public holidays legislation must now be approved by parliament.

Recall that, for the past decade or so (2015-11-27, 2014-11-05, 2013-11-14, 2012-11-15, 2011-11-17, 2010-12-16, 2009-12-16, 2009-09-10 and 2009-02-19), when the Bulgarian Council of Ministers released its annual list of regular non-working public holidays in Bulgaria for the coming calendar year, it added additional non-working public holidays to be compensated by the declaration of the same number of working Saturdays, such as in last year's Decision on the reversal of the holidays in 2016.

As per today's statement by Bulgaria's Minister of Labour, Zornitca Rusinova, the system of declaring Monday and Friday one-off public holidays in Bulgaria, whenever an annual non-working public holiday of Bulgaria fell on a Tuesday or Friday, would be dropped, to be replaced by a system whereby whenever an annual non-working public holiday of Bulgaria fell on a Saturday or Sunday, a day in lieu non-working public holiday would be declared in Bulgaria on the next Monday ("For example, sixth May next year falls on a Saturday, the holiday will be Monday, so there will be no public holidays to be lost by people like holidays and be compensated with a merger does of others who fall on Thursday or Tuesday" and "If the official holiday falls on Tuesday, for example, vacation will only Tuesday, and if someone wants a long break, you will need to take a vacation").



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