[tz] BBC: Clock changes: EU backs ending daylight saving

Gent, R.H. van (Rob) R.H.vanGent at uu.nl
Fri Aug 31 14:42:39 UTC 2018

Note that the number of respondents to the online 'referendum' amount to less than 1% of the total number of people in EU.

This qualification is not made clear by media outlets such as CNN and others which claim that more than 80% of the Europeans want to abolish daylight saving.

Rob van Gent
Utrecht University

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Subject: [tz] BBC: Clock changes: EU backs ending daylight saving

Clearly, not going to happen that soon.



The EU Commission is proposing to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn after a survey found most Europeans opposed it.

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said millions "believe that in future, summer time should be year-round, and that's what will happen".

The Commission's proposal requires support from the 28 national governments and MEPs to become law.

In the EU clocks switch between winter and summer under daylight saving time.

A European Parliament resolution says it is "crucial to maintain a unified EU time regime".

However, the Commission has not yet drafted details of the proposed change.

In a consultation paper it said one option would be to let each member state decide whether to go for permanent summer or winter time. That would be "a sovereign decision of each member state", Commission spokesman Alexander Winterstein explained on Friday.

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