Source: Mediafax (Bucharest)
Romania's Chamber of Deputies has passed a bill by 209 votes for, four against, and two abstentions, which makes January 24, the day when Romania celebrates the Union of the Romanian Principalities, a non-working public holiday in Romania for both the private and public sectors, by amending the Romanian Labour Code.
The bill will now be submitted to Romanian President, Klaus Iohannis, for signature into law.
Seven years ago (20-Jan-2009), a bill was introduced in Romania's parliament which would have declared January 24, the anniversary of the reunification of Wallachia and Moldavia, as a new annual legal public holiday in Romania, and the following year (13-Jan-2011), the Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies' Commission in charge of reviewing proposed public holidays, Claudia Boghicevici, announced that a bill making January 24 an annual public holiday would not be approved in time for 2011.
The January 24 Romanian public holiday bill remained on the backburner for 4 years, before coming back to the fore when the Romanian Government announced (17-Apr-2014) that it had approved the long-expected new annual non-working Romanian public holiday on January 24, to commemorate the reunification of Wallachia and Moldavia, followed shortly after (24-Apr-2014), by the Romanian Senate approving that new annual non-working Romanian public holiday on January 24, to commemorate the reunification of Wallachia and Moldavia. Later that same year (08-Sep-2014), following a favorable opinion of the Committee On Employment And Social Protection of the Romanian Chamber Of Deputies, the bill to declare January 24 as a new annual non-working public holiday, was included on the agenda of the Chamber of Deputies for a final vote (03-Dec-2014).
Romania's outgoing president, Traian Basescu, then signed a decree promulgating the recently-voted law ("LEGEA nr. 171/2014 pentru modificarea art. 139 alin. (1) din Legea nr. 53/2003 – Codul Muncii"), published in the Monitorul Oficial nr. 922 din 18 decembrie 2014, declaring January 24 as a new annual non-working public holiday in Romania to mark the anniversary of the Romanian Principalities' Union (18-Dec-2014).
However, though that decree was applicable to civil servants in the public sector, because it did not amend Romania's Labour Code, it could not apply to the Romanian private sector.
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