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Croatia 2020 Public Holidays Announced

Source: Government of the Republic of Croatia (Zagreb)
Posted: Friday, January 31, 2020
Most recent follow-up news item: November 17, 2020

The Government of Croatia has released its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Croatia for the calendar year 2020, once again unchanged in the number of holidays as compared to previous years.

Almost a decade ago (2012-02-09), the Government of Croatia's announced that it was considering the elimination of 3 annual non-working public holidays; the Feast of Corpus Christi (late May or early June), the Anti-Fascist Resistance Day (June 22), and the National Day (June 25).

For many years, this did not come to pass (2019-11-13, 2018-01-05, 2017-01-09, 2016-01-15, 2015-01-11, 2013-12-30 and 2012-12-31), and the annually released lists of non-working public holidays in Croatia were not affected.

However, last autumn (2019-11-13, 2019-10-10 and 2019-10-07), the Croatian government introduced amendments to the Croatian law on public holidays to declare a new Vukovar Remembrance Day national non-working public holiday in Croatia, and shift the dates of the Independence Day and Statehood Day holidays of Croatia, and make both these dates regular working days, pledging that "the number of public holidays will not increase and will remain at 13 which is important from the economic aspect, because of the impact on the economy, GDP growth and everything that entails".

These amendments were incorporated into the Law on Holidays, Remembrances and Non-working Days in the Republic of Croatia ("Zakon o blagdanima, spomendanima i neradnim danima u Republici Hrvatskoj"), which was signed into law by the president of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović (2019-11-19).

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