Should clocks continue to go forward by one hour for summertime?
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Maybe you think that we should continue to move clocks forward by one hour marking the beginning of summertime. However, the European Commission has decided to launch a public consultation to assess whether or not it should be changed, so now is the opportunity to have your say.
The Commission said this is being carried out following a number of requests from citizens, as well as the European Parliament and certain EU Member States.
It has therefore decided to investigate the functioning of the current arrangements.
Back in February this year, MEPs called for a thorough assessment of current biannual time change and, if necessary, a revision of the rules.
According to the MEPs 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.
They said that, numerous studies have failed to reach a conclusive outcome, “but indicate negative effects on human health.”
The Commission explained that 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 Public Consultation is available in all EU languages online here, together with full information. Citizens and stakeholders have until the 16th of August to reply.