Public holidays in the European Union

The European Union does not set public holidays for its member states. However the European Commission does set public holidays for the employees of the institutions of the European Union.

The holidays will typically cover the following dates (example below from 2017 [1]):

Public holidays for the institutions of the European Union
1 JanuaryNew Year's Day (not published in 2017 since it falls on Sunday)
2 JanuaryDay following New Year's Day
13 April (Thursday before Easter)Maundy Thursday
14 April (Friday before Easter)Good Friday
17 April (Monday after Easter)Easter Monday
1 MayLabour Day
9 MayEurope Day
25 MayAscension Thursday
26 Maythe Friday following Ascension Day
5 JuneWhit Monday
21 JulyBelgian National Day
15 AugustAssumption
1 NovemberAll Saints' Day
2 NovemberAll Souls Day
25 December to 29 December inclusiveEnd-of-year days, including Christmas

This list includes all ten public holidays in Belgium, except for Armistice Day (11 November).

See also

For information on public holidays in individual EU member states see below:


  1. "European Commission Public Holidays 2015". European Commission. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
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