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Hungary Good Friday Public Holiday Legislation

Source: Kormányzat Nemzetgazdasági Minisztérium (Budapest)
Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Most recent follow-up news item: March 12, 2018

The Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister, Zsolt Semjén, jointly with Hungary's Human Resources Minister, Zoltán Balog, and the Hungarian Economy Minister, Mihály Varga, have entered legislation to amend the current annual non-working public holidays in Hungary legislation, and add Good Friday to the list of annual non-working public holidays in Hungary.

Today's legislative proposal follows from an announcement by Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, speaking a few weeks ago (2016-10-16) at the commemorative session of the Hungarian Reformed Church Synod, that beginning in 2017, Good Friday would be a new annual non-working public holiday in Hungary, an announcement later confirmed by an official press release of the Prime Minister's page on the Government of Hungary website.

After years of discussions on the matter (2015-06-22, 2015-10-24, 2010-04-08, 2007-02-07 and 2006-11-03), neighboring Czech Republic finally declared Good Friday as a new annual public holiday in the Czech Republic beginning in 2016 (2016-11-19 and 2015-12-03).

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