Resolution on summer time arrangements

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Series Details 2017/2968(RSP)
Publication Date 08/02/2018
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Twice a year the clocks in all EU Member States are switched back by one hour from summer to wintertime (on the last Sunday in October) and forward one hour from winter to summertime (on the last Sunday in March).

The decision on the standard time ('normal time' or 'winter time') falls within the competence of Member States. Most Member States introduced summer time in the 1970s, although some had started applying it much earlier for varying lengths of time. Since the 1980s the EU legislator, i.e. the Member States and the European Parliament, have adopted several directives harmonising step by step the varying summer-time arrangements. The main idea was to provide a stable, long-term planning which is important for the proper functioning of certain economic sectors requires, especially as regards transport.

+ Directive 2000/84/EC on summer-time arrangements

The European Parliament's plenary session approved a Resolution on 8 February 2018 calling on the European Commission to conduct a thorough assessment of the summer-time arrangements directive and, if necessary, to table a proposal to revise it.

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