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January 24 declared legal holiday

The Senate yesterday passed a draft law declaring January 24 a legal holiday. The initiative came from Senators and Deputies from all parliamentary groups and was passed with 88 votes in favour, 13 against and four abstentions, according to Mediafax. The initiators of the law suggested that local public administration organises or gives logistical and financial support to public events dedicated to January 24 and that the public radio and television broadcast reports about these events. January 24 is celebrated in Romania as the ‘small union,’ the unification of principalities under ruler Alexandru Ioan Cuza in 1859.


“We are required to give the Union of Principalities back its importance in defining modern Romania,” the initiators argue. The law must also be voted by the Chamber of Deputies before being implemented.

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