European MPs vote to end summer time clock changes
Almaty. March 27. KazTAG - The European Parliament has backed a proposal to stop the obligatory one-hour clock change which extends daylight hours in summer EU-wide, reports BBC.
The proposal requires states to stop the twice-yearly clock change from 2021, and choose either permanent summer time or winter time.
Ministers will also have a say on this.
Under an EU directive, all 28 states currently switch to summer time on the last Sunday of March and back to winter time on the last Sunday of October.
The European Commission - in charge of drafting EU legislation - made the proposal last year, after a public consultation which showed 84% of respondents wanting to scrap the biannual clock changes. There were 4.6 million replies in that consultation, 70% of which were from Germans.
But MEPs and the Commission stress that states must co-ordinate their choices, to minimise the risk of economic disruption from a patchwork of different time systems.
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