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Austria Adds Good Friday Public Holiday
(Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2019)

Source: Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA)

Following the recent ruling by the European Court of Justice, the Government of Austria has announced that, beginning in 2019, Good Friday would be a general public holiday in Austria, but only from 2pm onward.

Three years ago (10-Jul-2016), we had reported that the Court of Appeals for the Vienna Circuit had ruled that a provision in the "Act on Rest Periods", the law regulating public holidays in Austria, violates EU law in the manner in which it treats entitlement to the Good Friday holiday in Austria, paving the road for Good Friday to become an annual non-working public holiday for everyone in Austria.

The annual listings of non-working public holidays in Austria (01-Jan-2016, 30-Dec-2014 and 23-Dec-2013), apart from the list of regional non-working public holidays, one per state, contain 13 annual non-working public holidays to be observed by all in Austria, every year.

However, and this is the bone of contention, the act goes on to add a 14th public holiday on Good Friday, but only for members of the Evangelical Church Augsburg Confession, the Evangelical Church Helvetic Confession, the Old Catholic Church and the Evangelical Methodist Church.

The aforementioned ruling must now be confirmed by the Austrian Supreme Court, an eventuality which some Austrian legal analysts feel quite likely to occur.

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Austria 2021 bank holidays and public holidays
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 2019-02-28: Austria Backtracks On Good Friday Public Holiday
 2016-07-10: Austria Could Add New Public Holiday
 2016-01-01: Austrian 2016 Public Holidays Announced
 2014-12-30: Austrian 2015 Public Holidays Announced
 2013-12-23: Austrian 2014 Public Holidays Announced

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