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MEPs vote to end daylight saving time from 2021

MEPs vote to end daylight saving time from 2021


(BRUSSELS) - 2021 could be the last year with a seasonal time change in the EU following the European Parliament's vote Tuesday to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn.

EU countries that decide to keep their summer time should make their final clock change on the last Sunday in March 2021. Those that prefer to keep their standard (winter) time, can adjust their clocks for the final time on the last Sunday in October 2021, says the draft law approved by MEPs.

The current summer time arrangements directive requires EU countries to switch to summer time on the last Sunday of March and back to standard time on the last Sunday of October.

The Commission proposal to end seasonal time changes was backed by MEPs, though they voted to postpone the date from 2019 to 2021.

MEPs also want EU countries and the Commission to coordinate the decisions to ensure that the application of summer time in some countries and winter time in others does not disrupt the internal market.

If the Commission finds that the foreseen time arrangements could significantly, and permanently, hamper the proper functioning of the single market, it may submit a proposal to postpone the date of application of the directive by a maximum of 12 months, says the adopted text.

The text adopted is the Parliament's position for negotiations with EU ministers on the final wording of the rules.

Further information, European Parliament

Adopted text (26.03.2019)

Procedure file

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