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

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 25 March 2021

Question for written answer E-001685/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Hilde Vautmans (Renew)

Subject: Switching between summer time and winter time – state of play

In its legislative resolution of 26 March 2019 on discontinuing seasonal changes of time(1), Parliament voted to abolish the half-yearly changeover between summer time and winter time. Parliament expressed a preference for summer time as standard time, and considered that a final switch should take place in March 2021. Member States were given the option of departing from that and, accordingly, of choosing winter time as their standard time and making the final switchover in October 2021. Parliament’s position was that Member States should notify their preferred time arrangement by 1 April 2020 at the latest, after which the Commission would assess it further.

  1. This measure has been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which entailed other priorities, as a result of which there will continue to be two switchovers a year for the time being. Has the Commission already received notifications from Member States about their preferred standard time?
  2. If so, from which Member States? What is their preferred standard time?
  3. Does the Commission have any information about what the timetable for this measure now is?

(1) European Parliament legislative resolution of 26 March 2019 on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council discontinuing seasonal changes of time and repealing Directive 2000/84/EC (COM(2018)0639 – C8-0408/2018 –2018/0332(COD))

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