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EU Set To Scrap Daylight Savings

EU Set To Scrap Daylight Savings

EU Set To Scrap Daylight Savings
You know that extra hour you look forward to in bed in the winter months? That could all change now as daylight savings could be scrapped as soon as next year thanks to European Commission lawmakers.
 
A recent survey carried out by the EU Commission showed 84 per cent of the 4.6 million respondents agreed that daylight savings being abolished.
 
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has suggested the last mandatory change would take place on Sunday 31st March next year if it passes.
 
In a statement, Junker said: "We all say in soap-box speeches that we want to be big on big things and small on small things." 
 
"But there is no applause when EU law dictates that Europeans have to change the clocks twice a year."
 
"The Commission is today proposing to change this. Clock-changing must stop." 
 
"Member States should themselves decide whether their citizens live in summer- or wintertime."
 
"It is a question of subsidiarity. I expect the Parliament and Council will share this view and find solutions that work for our internal market."

"We are out of time," he continued.
 
Following the huge response, the Commission proposals must now go to the European Parliament and the Council for their agreement.

Under the proposal, each member states would have to decide by April 2019 if they want to put an end to seasonal clock changes, a practice that is used across most of Europe and North America.
 
The proposal has been welcomed by Fine Gael MEP, Deirdre Clune.
 
In a statement, Ms Clune said: "According to a recent public consultation 88% of Irish people voted to stop changing the clocks and almost 80% said they have a negative overall experience with the clock changes each year."
 
Next month clocks will go back one hour on 28 October.
 
Written by Kellie Kearney staff writer at FFHQ who also blogs at www.mylittlebabog.com.