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Portugal Greens Push For Mandatory Carnival Public Holiday

Source: Assembleia da República (Lisboa)
Posted: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, May 6, 2020


Portugal's coalition partner, the Greens, have re-introduced a bill that would legislate an amendment to the Portuguese Labor Code which would convert Carnival Tuesday into a mandatory national public holiday in Portugal.

Three years ago (2017-01-02), Portugal's National Assembly had announced that it would examine a proposal by governing coalition partner, the Greens, to declare Carnival as a new annual non-working public holiday in Portugal, on January 11, and that the proposal would go on to a formal floor vote (2017-01-12).

But, soon afterward (2017-01-19), Portugal's leading coalition partner Socialists formally announced that they were against the proposal to declare Carnival as a new annual non-working public holiday in Portugal, thus killing the initiative.

Originally, the prime minister of Portugal, António Costa, had been reported as being in favor of adding Carnival as a new annual non-working public holiday in Portugal, but eventually, the subsequent reintroduction of 4 annual non-working public holidays in Portugal (2016-03-19, 2016-01-08 and 2012-08-01), gave him cause to reconsider.

Carnival would remain an optional public holiday for Portugal's public sector ("A tolerância de ponto que Governo e a administração pública a nível local [podem ou não dar] é suficiente para valorizar esta festividade").



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