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Croatia Mulls Sundays As Public Holidays

Source: Government of the Republic of Croatia (Zagreb)
Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2021

The Croatian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Tomislav Ćorić, has announced that the Croatian government plans to amend the Croatian Trade Act by treating all Sundays as non-working public holidays.

Similar legislation had been introduced by Croatian MP Marijana Petir, in 2003 and in 2009, but both bills were then rejected due to lobbying by the retail sector, which had argued that Sundays were the weekdays with the most retail sales.

But, since then, the Croatian Tax Administration has released figures showing that Fridays and Saturdays were in fact the weekdays with the highest retail sales in Croatia.

The most recent changes to Croatian public holidays legislation came in 2019, when Croatian President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, signed into law amendments to 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 canceled the June 25 Statehood Day public holiday, while declaring a new Vukovar Remembrance Day national non-working public holiday in Croatia (2020-11-17), and shifting the dates of the Independence Day and Statehood Day holidays (2019-11-19, 2019-11-13, 2019-10-10, 2019-10-07 and 2012-02-09).

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