Argentina's 2020 Complete Public Holidays Announced
Source:Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina (Buenos Aires)
Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Most recent follow-up news item: December 17, 2020
The government of Argentina has published the DECTO-2019-717-APN-PTE – Establécense días feriados con fines turísticos which declares 3 bridge public holidays in 2020 (días no laborables con fines turísticos), on March 23, July 10 and December 7, 2020, in addition to the list of annual public holidays of Argentina.
The aforementioned "feriados con fines turísticos" were established in a 2010 decree, published in the "Decreto 1585/2010, Establécense días feriados con fines turísticos" (Boletín Oficial, Número 32.020, Año CXVIII), implementing a major public holidays revision (2010-11-03) and instituting the principle of 2 annual bridge public holidays ("en los casos en que los feriados nacionales coincidan con los días martes o jueves, a fijar 2 feriados por año que deberán coincidir con los días lunes o viernes inmediatos respectivos").
These días no laborables con fines turísticos must be announced at least 50 days before the beginning of the year in question ("debiendo establecer los mismos por períodos trianuales con una antelación de 50 días a la finalización del año calendario").
As he had promised during his run for office, in 2017, President Mauricio Macri eliminated one-off bridge public holidays in Argentina (2016-10-30), first by sending to Congress a legislative proposal to end the process of declaring one-off non-working public holidays in Argentina (2016-12-02), and then, faced with legislative delays (2017-01-23 and 2017-01-19), by issuing the Decreto de Necesidad y Urgencia (DNU 52/2017).
However, later that same year, the feriados puente were re-instated in the law 27.399 (2017-10-18, 2017-09-29 and 2017-09-13) whereby the executive will now have the ability to declare one-off bridge public holidays in Argentina, up to a maximum of 3 per year ("Faculta al Poder Ejecutivo a fijar hasta tres por año, aunque no será obligación"), and with scant hours left before the deadline for the declaration of 2018 bridge public holidays in Argentina (2017-11-10), the government of Argentina published the decreto 923/2017 which declared 3 bridge public holidays in 2018 and 3 bridge public holidays in 2019 (días no laborables con fines turísticos).
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