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Germany Hamburg State Public Holiday Extension Vote Update

Source: Hamburger Abendblatt (Hamburg)
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2018


The vote in the Parliament of Germany's Hamburg State, on a new annual public holiday with effect in 2018, has been brought forward and will now take place on February 28, with 66 MPs from the CDU, SPD and Greens, out of a total of 121, having indicated they would vote for.

Late last month (2018-01-29), we had reported that the leaders of the coalition government groups, Andreas Dressel (SPD) and Anjes Tjarks (Greens), of Germany's Hamburg State had announced that a vote on a new annual public holiday will occur in the spring and would take effect in 2018.

Last autumn (2017-09-30), we had reported that the CDU Group of Germany's Hamburg State had submitted a motion to the Bürgerschaftskanzlei to have Reformation Day of October 31st, declared a new annual public holiday in Germany's Hamburg State, a continuation of what happened 6 years ago (2012-12-13), when the then Mayor of Hamburg, Olaf Scholz, had announced that October 31, 2017, would be a one-off non-working public holiday throughout Hamburg, the first German State to do so (2015-10-08, 2014-09-16, 2013-12-12, 2013-08-13, 2013-06-04, 2013-05-17, 2013-05-15, 2013-05-01, 2013-03-14, 2013-03-08, 2013-01-25, 2013-01-10).

Neighboring States are also considering an extension to their official list of annual public holidays.

Early last year year (2017-01-25), the Minister of Economics (Ministerpräsident) of Germany's state of Schleswig-Holstein, Reinhard Meyer, announced that he was in favour of adding Reformation Day as a new annual non-working public holiday in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, followed by the German State of Bremen which has also been moving towards the declaration of October 31st as a new annual non-working public holiday in the German State of Bremen (2017-03-27 and 2017-02-18), as well as Lower Saxony whose Prime Minister, Stephan Weil (SPD), announced that he would support the declaration of Reformation Day as an annual non-working public holiday in the German State of Lower Saxony, if he won the October 15, regional election (2017-09-23).


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