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Ukraine Mulls Soviet-Era Public Holidays Shake-Up

Source: Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine (Kiev)
Posted: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, December 5, 2017


The Institute of National Remembrance of the Ukraine (IPN) has released a draft law "On public holidays in Ukraine", which would cancel the March 8 and May 9 annual non-working public holidays of the Ukraine as part of the on-going purging of Soviet-era legacy.

The head of the IPN, Vladimir Vyatrovich, has explained that, in addition, Ukrainian public holidays which fall on a weekend would no longer cause the next Monday to be declared an additional public holiday in the Ukraine, with the exception of Easter and Christmas.

The March 8 and May 9 annual non-working public holidays of the Ukraine would be replaced by Shevchenkov Day on March 9, and Family Day on the second Friday of September.

Recall that, last year (2016-06-01), Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada, the unicameral parliament of the Ukraine, was considering the draft law No.4722 "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine (regarding the reduction of the number of public holidays and weekends)", which would similarly have removed the annual public holidays of May 1, 2 and 9 from the annual list of non-working public holidays of the Ukraine, to be replaced by a new annual non-working public holiday in the Ukraine on May 8, the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation.

Regardless of the outcome of these 2 proposals, it is almost certain that any passage would come too late to amend the previously-released list of non-working public holidays in the Ukraine for 2017, which was released last November (2016-11-15and 2016-08-17), by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Ukraine in the Resolution of 16 November 2016, Number 850 "On transfer of working days in 2017", and which specified the official list of 2017 non-working public holidays in the Ukraine, including additional one-off non-working public holidays in the Ukraine.



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