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Bulgaria Public Holidays Legislation Overhaul Official

Source: Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria (Sofia)
Posted: Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Updated: Thursday, January 4, 2018


Bulgaria's Parliament has approved in a second and final reading, the changes to Bulgaria's public holidays legislation recently proposed by Bulgaria's Minister of Labour, Zornitca Rusinova, and approved by the Bulgarian Cabinet late last month, 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.

A couple of months ago (2016-10-12), Bulgaria's Minister of Labour, Zornitca Rusinova, announced that 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, and this proposal was approved by Cabinet the following month (2016-11-30), and sent to the Bulgarian Parliament for consideration.

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.



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