Brussels will propose the end of the time change in the EU, the subject of a controversy permanent, based on a public consultation this summer.
“Millions of people have responded and are of the opinion that, in the future, it is the summer time that should be all the time the rule, and we’ll make it,” said Friday the president of the european Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, the German television channel ZDF.
A record number of 4.6 million responses from 28 member States, were recorded in the course of this public consultation, which was held from 4 July to 16 August.
According to preliminary results, 84% of respondents, who expressed themselves via an online questionnaire, are in favour of the end of the time change.
“When one consults the citizens on something it should also then do what they want,” insisted Jean-Claude Juncker on Friday in his interview with ZDF.
“The message is very clear”, for its part, considered in Brussels the european commissioner in charge of Transport, Violetta Bulc, in a press release.
“We will now act accordingly and prepare a legislative proposal to the european Parliament and the Council (representing the member States, editor’s note), which will then decide together,” she said.
The two-time changes deleted ?
Specifically, the Commission will not propose to stay in the summer time, but only to remove the two hour shifts annual, then said a spokesperson of the institution, Alexander Winterstein.
The member States will be free to stay or to summer time or to winter time, since this is their jurisdiction, continued the spokesperson, saying, however, expect that the discussions in capitals on the subject lead to a consistent result.
According to the Commission, the opponents of the change of time have put forward considerations to the negative impacts on health, the increase in the number of road accidents, or the lack of energy savings”.
The change between summer time and winter, was introduced into Europe at the origin to achieve energy savings, there was strong opposition for years.
Several countries in northern Europe, such as Lithuania, Finland, Poland and Sweden, are calling for the abandonment of this system.
The public consultation of the Commission in particular as a result of a resolution adopted in February by the members of the european parliament, calling for an “evaluation” detailed system of time change.
“Many of the studies, if they do not lead to definitive conclusions, indicated the existence of negative effects on the health of human beings” of the lag of an hour, had stressed meps in a press release.
“The current directive, which came into force in 2001, sets for the whole of the EU a date and time aligned to the start and the end of the period of summer time, the aim is to help the internal market to function effectively,” they recalled.
The Germans were more interested
Since 1996, all the Europeans to advance their clock one hour on the last Sunday of march and backward by one hour on the last Sunday of October.
The results of the public consultation reveal that the Germans are particularly interested in the topic, because of 3.79% of the population responded to the questionnaire.
They are followed by the Austrians (2,94%) and Luxembourg (1.78 per cent).
In all other countries, less than 1% of the population is shown. The Italians for example, are only 0.04% have responded to this consultation and the Spanish to 0.19%.
“It is not a referendum,” argued Alexander Winterstein, explaining that other factors had been taken into account by the Commission as “scientific studies”.
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