In a survey the majority of the participants voted for the abolition of summer time in the European Union (EU). Now the member states have to decide.
After Finland started the discussion about the abolition of the “Daylight Saving Time”, the European Parliament announced a survey throughout Europe for the 16 August 2018. 84% of the 4,6 million participants voted for a removal.
“Spring forward – Fall back”
The summer time was initiated by Emperor William in 1916 who wanted to save gas and candles by having an extra hour in the evening. Since 1980 Germans switch the time twice a year.
Putting the clock forward on the last Sunday in March, the people can benefit from long, bright summer nights. With it, the state wants to save energy because otherwise they would consume more. On the last Sunday in October Europe sets the clock back.
Using the day light efficiently and saving energy is the aim of the time shift.
The benefit of the summer time is controversially discussed. Although they use less energy in summer, the people heat more in the mornings in spring and autumn. According to statistics Germany saves only 0,21% energy.
Furthermore, old and sick people and children show problems, e.g. sleep disturbances, depressions and volatile heart rate.
Europe decides now
The EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced that we would campaign for the abolition. Also the support of the European Parliament is for sure. Nevertheless there is no majority because the member states have to vote now in their parliaments.
As Finland, Poland and the Baltic region recommend the abolition, France and Italy are not that optimistic. The Italian newspaper “La Stampa” stated that Europe would have bigger problems than the time shift.
Regardless of it, on 28 October 2018 Europe sets the clocks again back.
Story by: Katrin Albrecht/pinkfmonlinegh.com