84% of Europeans want Europe to stop changing the clock

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84% of Europeans want Europe to stop changing the clockThe preliminary results of the public consultation on clock change in Europe, have been published today by the European Commission.

“The message is very clear: 84% of them do not want the clocks to change anymore,” said European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, when she presented these preliminary results to the College of Commissioners.

“We will now act accordingly and prepare a legislative proposal to the European Parliament and the Council, who will then decide together,” she added.”

The preliminary results also indicate that more than three quarters (76%) of the respondents consider that changing the clock twice a year is a ‘very negative’ or ‘negative’ experience.

Also noted in the results were considerations related to the negative health impacts, increase of road accidents or the lack of energy savings, were put forward by respondents as motivations to put an end to the change.

This online consultation, which ran from 4 July to 16 August 2018, received 4.6 million responses from all 28 Member States, the highest number of responses ever received in any Commission public consultation.

European Commission President Juncker has now put the summertime question on the political agenda as part of his pledge to be big on the big things while leaving it to Member States to take decisions where they are best placed to do so.

The final results of the public consultation will be published in the coming weeks. The Commission will now make a proposal to the European Parliament and the Council with a view of changing the current clock change arrangements.

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