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Belarus Petition To Amend 2020 Public Holidays

Source: The Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk)
Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Most recent follow-up news item: December 14, 2021

A petition, begun last month on the website petitions.by, to declare December 31 to January 2 as public holidays, with no Saturday compensation, has reached 16000 signatures, and Belarus Prime Minister, Sergei Rumas, has promised to study the matter ("Хорошо, я обещаю, что я изучу этот вопрос, Я посмотрю эту петицию").

Recall that, last month (2019-10-09), The government of Belarus has issued the "Decree of the Council of Ministers No. 688 of October 9, 2019" (О переносе рабочих дней в 2020 году) which expanded and formalized the annual list of official non-working public holidays in Belarus in the calendar year 2020, well in advance of the new year, as has been the case for most of the past decade (2018-12-18, 2018-12-12, 2017-10-30, 2016-11-10, 2015-11-25, 2014-11-12, 2013-12-02 and 2012-12-01), rather than on a case-by-case basis as was the case in the preceding years (2012-06-03, 2012-04-09, 2012-03-01, and 2011-12-29).

However, the decree No. 688 came without an earlier draft, as was the case in past years (2018-12-18, 2018-12-12, 2017-10-30, 2015-11-25 and 2015-11-13) but not all (2016-11-10) thus the feeling on Belarus' social media that December 31 had been removed, a feeling shared in Russia, as also reported recently (2019-11-14).

The petition goes along the lines of "We, the undersigned, request to cancel the adopted Resolution of 09.10.2019 No. 688“ On the transfer of working days in 2020 ”. And in this regard, we ask you to establish December 31 and January 1, 2 (starting from 2019 and 2020 and subsequent years) full holidays at the state level, without transfers to other days. These changes, we believe, will have a very positive effect both on the rest of the citizens of the Republic of Belarus and on other areas of public life (economic, political and other)".

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