Source:Boletín Oficial de la República Argentina (Buenos Aires)
Posted: Friday, November 27, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: December 17, 2021
The Ministerio de Interior y el de Turismo y Deportes of the government of Argentina has published Decreto 947 -Establécense días feriados con fines turísticos, signed by Argentina's President, Alberto Fernández, which declares 3 bridge public holidays in 2021 (días no laborables con fines turísticos), on May 24, October 8, November 22, 2021, 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"), a delay which was missed by a few days, this year, as we had already reported (2020-11-21).
During his run for office, in 2017, President Mauricio Macri had vowed to eliminate one-off bridge public holidays in Argentina (2016-10-30). When he took office, he first sent a legislative proposal to end the process of declaring one-off non-working public holidays in Argentina to Congress (2016-12-02), and then, faced with legislative delays (2017-01-23 and 2017-01-19), he issued 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).
The list of 2020 días no laborables con fines turísticos, contrary to this year, were announced almost a month before the technical deadline (2019-10-17).
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