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Estonian Mulls Day In Lieu Public Holidays

Source: Eesti Rahvusringhääling (ERR)
Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Estonia's Riigikogu (its unicameral parliament) is considering a draft bill which would declare an additional day off work, whenever an Estonian national public holiday falls on a weekend.

The aforementioned bill was tabled by the opposition Social Democratic Party (SDE), with some support from the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) and the Center Party.

However, the Estonian Justice Minister, Maris Lauri, has come out against this bill.

In 2022, 5 of Estonia's public holidays fall on a weekend; January 1, May 1, August 20, as well as December 24 and December 25. Last year, 3 of Estonia's 2021 public holidays fell on a weekend, while that number of "lost" public holidays will be 4, unless the day in lieu draft bill becomes law in Estonia.

The last time the list of Estonian non-working public holidays (1998-01-27) was modified was in 2005, when Estonia's parliament approved the Public and National Holidays Act, § 2 and § Work and Rest Law Amendment Act 25 (RT I 2005, 24, 185) which declared December 24 as a new annual public holiday (2005-04-15).

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