EU Member States will face a choice: winter or summer time
The European Commission adopted a proposal to discontinue the seasonal changes of time in the Union in response to a citizen’s initiative and a subsequent resolution from the European Parliament last year on Time Change Arrangements.The objective is to end the biannual change of clocks that currently takes place in every Member State of the EU at the end of March and the end of October.
The Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament adopted this week their position on this proposal. MEPs therefore voted for the end of the clock change in 2021, for which Member States will have to decide to either keep permanent summer or winter time. They also voted for the establishment of a coordination mechanism where Member States will discuss and assess the potential impact for permanent summer or permanent winter time on the proper functioning of the internal market.
Basque MEP Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, ALDE group shadow rapporteur in this file, said: “I welcome the result of today’s vote, which is more prudent, realistic and will allow the European Commission to evaluate the decision of each Member State and its impact on the European internal market. In addition, the proposed coordination mechanism will provide transparency, rationality and coordination to the decisions adopted by each state in this regard.”