European Parliament votes in favor of ending the biannual daylight savings time change by 2021

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The debate is open for each EU Member State to decide the pros and cons about this new project for the year 2021.

Today, 26 march 2019, in Strasbourg, the European Parliament voted in the text, drafted by the Transport Committee, to abolish the biannual time change, but will not be immediate for the year 2019, as proposed by the European Commission, but to 2021. It is also up to the member states to decide whether or not to accede to this decision.

Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport , said that the immediate change in that year would be very ambitious and complete “because the Council has not yet established its position, it is impossible to comply with that timetable”.

In October 2018, Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa declared that Portugal should keep the winter time and daylight saving time, “I see no reason to contradict science and do something in a discretionary way”, he says. According to the Parliament, each Member State must take its decision with a view to the proper functioning of the internal market. Public consultations and impact assessments will also be possible in order to understand what will be best for each country. The decision shall be notified to Brussels by 1st April 2020.

The member states that opted for the winter time, set their clocks for the last time on the last Sunday of October in the year 2021 , after that date, no more changes of seasonal hours.

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