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Netherlands PM Says May 5 Public Holiday Is Very Close

Source: Netherlands Info Services (Amsterdam)
Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Outgoing Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, speaking after a lecture by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, opined that May 5 will soon be a public holiday for everyone in the Netherlands, not just the public sector ("Ik heb de indruk dat we daar heel dichtbij zitten").

Six years ago (2015-03-07 and 2014-10-07), we had reported how the Comité 4 en 5 mei, the committee which organizes the commemorations for the end of World War II in the Netherlands, had come out in support of the movement to make the May 5th, Liberation Day, public holiday a nationwide annual non-working public holiday in the Netherlands.

As the Chairperson of the Comité 4 en 5 mei, Gerdi Verbeet, will retire this year, Prime Minister Rutte thinks that making May 5 an annual public holiday for everyone in the Netherlands, would be her legacy ("If it works now, it is really thanks to her").

Currently (2019-01-08), May 5th is only a general public holiday in the Netherlands every 5 years (2010, 2015, 2020,...). On other years, the status of the holidays depends on sectorial collective bargaining agreements, with the public sector and many large companies generally having the day off.

The topic comes back to the fore, on and off again.

In 2010 (2010-05-06), a majority of the parties in the Dutch Parliament had responded favorably to the Dutch Labour (PvdA) leader, Job Cohen, proposing that May 5th should become a general public holiday every year.

And 2 years ago (2019-10-18), the same Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, had indicated that the Dutch Cabinet and the House of Representatives wanted as many Dutch employees as possible to be released on the Liberation Day public holiday.

One option being considered is to cancel the Whit Monday public holiday, in exchange for the declaration of May 5th as a nationwide annual public holiday in the Netherlands.

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