[tz] EU Public Consultation on summertime arrangements

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at SystematicSw.ab.ca
Tue Jul 10 05:04:45 UTC 2018

On 2018-07-09 13:17, Clive D.W. Feather wrote:
> Paul Eggert said:
>> 2. If the EU rules are changed, the EU should record in a public document 
>> its member states' related changes to civil time, so that interested 
>> parties can easily track European timekeeping changes. For best results, 
>> the document should also keep track of changes to civil time in membership 
>> candidates, potential candidates, Schengen area, and other countries not in
>> the EU that decide to make a related change.
> Add EEA countries at the start of the list, before membership countries.

It's unclear what force EU time directives have on EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein,
Norway) or EFTA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) countries, and
they can only influence Andorra, Moldova, Monaco, San Marino, and the

>> 4. If the EU abolishes the twice-yearly clock changes, time zone names 
>> should be specified to help avoid confusion. For example, if France decides
>> to stay on UTC +02 all year, the TZDB natural default will be to call
>> France's new time zone "Eastern European Time (EET)", due to the long 
>> association between "EET" and UTC +02. The EU should suggest this 
>> terminology (or some other terminology, if it prefers) to help interested 
>> parties discuss and understand the new timekeeping clearly.
Suggest they use existing English terminology where applicable, or invent new
English terminology where required, to avoid confusion around the change, as the
project does not consider localization, which should be addressed to the Unicode
CLDR project, and/or directly to major software vendors.

Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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