Timeless discussion of daylight saving time coming to an end.
Daylight saving time has a negative effect on health and should be abolished.
In the morning of last Sunday, the time has been set back one hour. This come with the year's old discussion whether daylight saving time is useful, with some even arguing whether it has any use at all.
Now most of the countries within the EU agree it is time to abolish daylight saving time as it has a negative effect on their health.
In the EU the summer-time arrangements mean that the clocks are changed twice per year in all Member states to safe daylight during the different seasons. The following changes are made.
- The clocks are advanced by one hour in the
morning of the last Sunday of march.
- The clocks are set back by one hour in the
morning of the last Sunday of October.
Numerous requests from citizens, the European Parliament and from certain EU member states has led to an investigation by a commission. The investigation was executed to assess whether the EU should change the current time agreements regarding to the time switch. Investigation document
The majority of respondent in the investigation are in favour to abolish the time switch. 84% voted for the abolishing of the time change and 76% stated that they have a negative experience with the switching from Wintertime to Summertime and vice-versa. The investigation had around 4.6 million respondents.
EU NOT ready yet!
Even though there are a lot of signals that the time change should be abolished it was not supported by the majority of the member states. Furthermore, the plan to abolish the time switch in October 2019 is considered unrealistic by most.
Stakeholder from the aviation sector have also shown their concern about an early abolishment. They point out that any change to the current system would have an impact on airlines schedules and enough time is needed to make the necessary adjustment.
Morocco abrubtly stops time change.
Morocco has decided to stop using the time change and will instead keep its clocks at Summer time. By doing this the clocks in Morocco did not change last Sunday.
Morocco gave the announcement less than two days before the clocks would have been set back by one hour on Sunday. Avoiding the change would save an hour of natural light. Said Administrative reform minister Mohammed Ben Abdelkader.