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MEPs call for full assessment of the summer-time directive

MEPs call for full assessment of the summer-time directiveIn a resolution adopted on Thursday, MEPs called for a thorough assessment of current biannual time change and, if necessary, a revision of the rules.

The MEPs pointed out that citizens’ initiatives have shown that the public is actually concerned about the biannual clock change marking the beginning and end of summertime, and takes place the last weekend in March and October.

According to MEPs, numerous studies have failed to reach a conclusive outcome, but indicate negative effects on human health.

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.

The resolution was adopted with 384 votes in favour, 153 against, 12 abstentions.