Answer to Written Question: Switching between summer time and winter time – state of play

(Source: European Parliament)



Answer given by Ms Vălean

on behalf of the European Commission


The Commission did not receive so far any notifications from Member States about their preferred standard time once the summertime arrangements would end. The Commission also does not expect to receive such notifications as long as the proposal on discontinuing seasonal changes of time has not been adopted.

As the Honourable Member rightly recalls, the European Parliament is well advanced in its work on the Commission proposal on abolishing seasonal time changes and has adopted its first reading position on 26 March 2019 and the mandate for trilogue negotiations on 24 September 2019. However, the inter-institutional negotiations are not likely to get started anytime soon as the Council has not made progress on the proposal lately. After a progress report under the Austrian Presidency on 3 December 2018, discussions took place at working party level under the Romanian and Finnish Presidencies. Under the Croatian and the German Presidencies, the proposal was not included in the Council agenda. The Commission also has indications from the current Portuguese Presidency that the summertime proposal will not figure among their priorities, as it has not noted sufficient support among Member States for the Commission proposal. Therefore, there is no indication that the proposed legislation on abolishing seasonal time changes will be likely to enter into force in the coming years.

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