European Commission to propose an end to daylight savings time


*Image source: IEPA/OLIVIER HOSLET.

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, announced on Friday that the institution will put forward a proposal to end daylight savings time across the European Union.

“We carried out a survey, millions responded and believe that in future, summertime should be year-round, and that’s what will happen,” he told German public broadcaster ZDF, adding that the European Commission planned to decide on the matter later Friday. More than 80 percent of the 4.6 million EU citizens that responded wanted to abolish the EU’s switch and favoured keeping the time used in summer the whole year round, Juncker added.

According to Euronews, the Commission president said the proposal “will happen” and that the European Parliament has been stepping “in that direction for years”, he also added “There is no sense in asking people and when they respond, in a way that one fits or not, behaving as if it wasn’t put on record. People want that — we do that,” he said.

“We will decide that today,” Juncker said. The issue will be put forward to the EU commissioners on Friday, although any changes will still need to be approved from national governments and the European Parliament to become a law.

Currently, the EU law requires all citizens of the 28 countries to move their clocks forward on the last Sunday in March, and turn back to winter time on the final Sunday in October.

Several countries, including Iceland, Turkey and Russia have already ended the daylight savings time practise.


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