EU gears up to end daylight saving time as majority of citizens back the change

The EU is gearing up to end daylight saving time after an overwhelming 80% of citizens voted to back the change.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said the EU plans to get rid of the switch between summer and winter time.

More than 80 percent of respondents are in favour of abolishing the change in time in summer and winter.

Around 4.6 million people took part in the survey – believed to be the biggest survey of EU citizens – with three million of those from Germany.

Juncker told German public broadcaster ZDF he would push for the changing clocks to be abolished and that the Commission “will decide on it today.

EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker suggested the EU would listen to the people

“We carried out a survey, millions responded and believe that in future, summer time should be year-round, and that’s what will happen,” Juncker told ZDF, adding: “The people want it, we’ll do it.”

The system was first adopted during the First World War in the UK to give factories daylight hours to work in to aid the war effort.

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Summertime was introduced in Germany in 1980 for the purpose of saving energy.

Since 2002, the changeover has been uniformly regulated throughout the bloc.

But some states, especially those in northern Europe, want the change because of their long, dark winters.

Supporters say the current system saves energy and reduces traffic accidents as fewer people have to travel in darkness, but critics argue it causes long-term health problems.

EU member states put clocks forward one hour on the last Sunday of March and back again on the last Sunday in October.

There are currently three different time zones within in the EU: Western European Time or Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), Central European Time, one hour ahead and Eastern European Time, two hours ahead of UTC.

Any change would have to be put forward as a draft law by the European Commission which would have to be agreed by the EU Parliament and the bloc’s member states.


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