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Gov't backs proposal for Sunday shop closure

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Following negotiations, the government has decided to back the proposal of its alliance partner, the Christian Democrats (KDNP), to restrict shop openings on Sundays, KDNP parliamentary group leader Péter Harrach said today.

The bill is scheduled to be submitted today. The proposal would keep all stores closed on Sunday, with the exception of those under 400 sqm and family-run shops, the director added. If approved, the legislation would come into effect on March 15, 2015.

In an interview with HírTV, Economy Minister Mihály Varga said that the "rekindling" of the proposal came as a surprise. In his interview the minister said it would not be wise to limit Sunday shopping when one-fifth of Hungarians do their weekly shopping on Sunday. Why should they not keep the shops open if the employers can agree on terms with employees? he asked.

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