Source:Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina (Buenos Aires)
Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Updated: Thursday, January 3, 2019
The government of Argentina has promulgated the law 27.399 which reinstates the feriados puente whereby the executive will have the ability to declare one-off bridge public holidays in Argentina, up to a maximum of 3 per year, a law signed by president Mauricio Macri, his Chief of Staff, Marcos Peña, minister of the interior, Rogelio Frigerio.
The aforementioned bill, 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"), was passed by the Argentine lower house (Cámara de Diputados), in the middle of last month (2017-09-13), and a couple of weeks later (2017-09-29), the Senate of Argentina, in turn, approved by a vote of 59 to 0 and one abstention, the same bill.
All this, less than a year after, as he had promised during his run for office, President Mauricio Macri eliminated one-off bridge public holidays in Argentina (2016-10-30), via the DNU 52/2017 (Decreto de Necesidad y Urgencia), issued when faced with legislative delays (2017-01-23 and 2017-01-19), as was done by his predecessor, President Kirchner, on two similar occasions (2010-11-03 and 2010-05-04).
A year ago 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), later amended by 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, as relates to the Macrh 24 and April 2 annual public holidays of Argentina.
Speculation is already rife as to which feriados puente might be declared for 2018, an announcement which must be made by November 11, 2017 ("el Poder Ejecutivo deberá establecer esos feriados con 50 días de antelación a la finalización del año calendario"). Current estimates are that Monday, April 30, and Monday, November 19, 2018, will be declared as one-off bridge public holidays in Argentina in the wake of the promulgation of law 27.399 which reinstates the feriados puente.
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