Time change to stay, for now
9 February, 2018
A thorough assessment of current bi-annual time change and, if necessary, a revision of the rules is needed, MEPs said in a resolution, adopted last Thursday. The debate and the vote was spearheaded after citizens' initiatives have shown that the public is concerned about the bi-annual clock change marking the beginning and end of summertime, which currently takes place the last weekend in March and October.
At the same time, numerous studies have failed to reach a conclusive outcome but indicate negative effects on human health, MEPs said. They called on the Commission to conduct a thorough assessment of the summer-time arrangements directive and, if necessary, to table a proposal to revise it. The resolution was adopted with 384 votes in favour and 153 against.
The current summer-time arrangements directive, which entered into force in 2001, provides a harmonised date and time for the beginning and end of the summer-time period across the EU, with the aim of helping the internal market to function effectively.