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Argentina Passes New Public Holidays Legislation

Source: Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina (Buenos Aires)
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Less than a year after President Mauricio Macri eliminated one-off bridge public holidays in Argentina via the DNU 52/2017 (Decreto de Necesidad y Urgencia), a bill was passed today, by a vote of 152 to 1, in Argentina's Cámara de Diputados which gives back to the executive the ability to declare one-off bridge public holidays in Argentine, up to a maximum of 3 per year ("Faculta al Poder Ejecutivo a fijar hasta tres por año, aunque no será obligación").

Last October (2016-10-30), President Macri had announced that he would put a stop to the process of declaring one-off non-working public holidays in Argentina ("feriados con fines turísticos") effective with the calendar year 2017, sending to Congress a legislative proposal to end the process of declaring one-off non-working public holidays in Argentina (2016-12-02). But, faced with legislative delays (2017-01-23 and 2017-01-19), President Macri abandoned the legislative route and issued the Decreto de Necesidad y Urgencia (DNU 52/2017), as was done by his predecessor, President Kirchner, on two similar occasions (2010-11-03 and 2010-05-04).

However, due to sharp criticism for letting the date of the Macrh 24 and April 2 annual public holidays of Argentina change from year to year, and faced with many regions and municipalities declaring their own inamovible March 24 and April 2 public holidays, President Macri announced another the Decreto de Necesidad y Urgencia 80/2017 (2017-02-02 and 2017-01-30), thus further amending the legislation governing non-working public holidays in Argentina.


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