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Moldova Mulls Shifting Date Of Europe Day Public Holiday

Source: Agentia Informationala de Stat (Moldpres)
Posted: Monday, December 14, 2020

Seven Socialist deputies have submitted a legislative initiative to the Moldovan Parliament to amend the Hotărârii Parlamentului cu privire la zilele comemorative, zilele de sărbătoare și la zilele de odihnă în Republica Moldova by moving the Europe Day public holiday from its current date of May 9, to another date.

The aforementioned legislative proposal states that "In 2017, the then parliamentary majority, despite the fact that the country's population celebrates the Great Victory en masse, decided to diminish its significance, by establishing a parallel holiday for the same date. The declaration of 9 May as Europe Day at the same time as Victory Day was produced without public consultation, moreover, contrary to the opinion of the majority. The then authorities explained that through this step the Republic of Moldova becomes closer to the European Union, taking into account that in the Member States this day marks Europe Day." and goes on to conclude that "The social impact produced after the implementation of the changes materialized in heated controversies among the population, with reference to the debate of the values propagated by each holiday. We mention that by its essence, the two celebrated holidays carry compatible values and ideas, both serving to promote general-human values. Therefore, in order to reach the finality in evoking the values propagated through the two holidays, it is opportune and absolutely necessary to delimit the calendar of these.".

A few years ago (2016-07-21), the Moldavian government executive approved the declaration of Europe Day as a new annual non-working public holiday in Moldova.

However, that decision to declare Europe Day as a new annual non-working public holiday in Moldova did not amend the list of the annual non-working public holidays in in Moldova, as May 9 is already an annual non-working public holiday in Moldova for Victory Day.

It took another 2 years (2018-12-16) for the decree of promulgation to be signed and published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Moldova. It was signed, not by the President of Moldova, but rather by Parliament Speaker, Andrian Candu, after the head of state, Igor Dodon, was suspended, for repeatedly refusing to promulgate the legislative amendment repeatedly voted by parliament.

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