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27th October, 2017

December 24 holiday voted down

Parliament’s enterprise development committee on Thursday voted down a bill submitted by Dialogue politician Tímea Szabó in consultation with the Hungarian Trade Union Alliance, on declaring December 24 as a holiday.

Szabó said the question had long been on the political agenda and, according to a trade union survey, 96% of the employees support such a proposal.

The motion was only supported by Jobbik and Socialist MPs but was voted down by the Fidesz majority on the committee. Therefore only a referendum can help declare December 24 a holiday.

As the deadline for collecting signatures is November 28, the necessary 200,000 signatures need to be collected by that date.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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