[tz] EU Public Consultation on summertime arrangements

John Wilcock john at tradoc.fr
Tue Jul 10 12:32:25 UTC 2018

> "TZDB natural default" is likely to confuse them. Phrase things without
> using TZDB; for example:
> "all year, many people would naturally call France's new time zone "Eastern
> European Time (EET)" due to the long association ..."

I disagree - if they were aware that France was being referred to, 
*people* (at least those people with the slightest awareness of European 
geography) would not naturally do this, given that France is quite 
clearly not in the eastern part of Europe! Non-updated computer systems, 
on the other hand, might well associate UTC+02 with EET by default.

> For best results, the document should also keep track of changes to
> civil time in EEA countries, membership candidates, potential
> candidates, Schengen area, and other countries not in the EU that
> decide to make a related change. This document would be purely
> informative, with no authority behind it.

I'd change "EEA" to "EEA/EFTA" so as to include Switzerland.

The terms used by the EU are "candidate countries" (not "membership 
candidates") and "potential candidates".

I don't see the relevance of "Schengen area" - all current and potential 
Schengen area countries are either EU or EEA/EFTA members.

And of course the future status of the UK with regard to all of these 
entities is unknown at present, though in all eventualities it will at 
least be covered by "other countries not in the EU" - unless it backs 
out of Brexit at the last minute, in which case it would remain a member 
state :-)


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