Time change: long announced, why did the lifting of daylight saving time not finally take place?

This Sunday, March 31, we will switch to summer time. In other words: we lose an hour. If you wake up at 8am, it’s 9am. However, this concept virtually disappeared under the leadership of the European Union. But why is the change of the end times no longer on the agenda?

From next Sunday, March 31, the transition to summer time will cause all Europeans to lose an hour. If it is 2am tonight, it will actually be 3am. The entire population will then ‘lose’ an hour. But the time change is not an old invention and its abolition would even happen in 2021.

All 27 at the same time

The time change came about in 1976, at the initiative of President Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. After the 1973 oil crisis, the French government tried to save energy. The goal was to use less lighting at night, as most of the population used oil for lighting.

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At the same time, other European countries adopted the time change, so much so that in 1998 the European Union decided to raise the subject and harmonize the transition to daylight saving time for the entire old continent. The aim was not to create complications in terms of timetables after the creation of the Schengen area.

But many citizens have since disputed this time change. Moreover, this sudden change would cause problems for part of the agricultural world. While a 2010 study by the Ecological Transition Agency found that this measure had made it possible to reduce the carbon footprint of the French, other work also shows that this measure is ineffective today.

The EU is changing priorities

So much so that in 2018 the European Commission launched a major citizens’ consultation in which more than 4.5 million citizens participated. Verdict: 84% want the time change removed. The following year, the European Parliament voted two resolutions to bury it, while insisting on maintaining “a uniform timetable within the Union”.

And since then, there has been no sign of this change… The Covid-19 pandemic soon saw these guidelines faded into oblivion and the war in Ukraine ultimately buried them. On its website, the French government even explains that “this text on the end-time change is no longer on the agenda and should not be discussed in the near future.”

The End of Times change was supposed to come into effect in 2021, but the idea was ultimately forgotten and its application is no longer on the agenda of European states.

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