The switching from summertime to wintertime in October and from wintertime to summertime in March has become an established part of our yearly routine. Currently, the clocks go forward one hour in the summer, and back again in the winter. This practice is also known as Daylight Saving.
Currently all EU Member States follow the same timetable to change the hour. This ensures that trade and travel run smoothly between states and is regulated by the European Union (through Directive 2000/84/EC).
The Proposed amendment to the Directive provides that Member States may decide whether they want their standard time to correspond to their current summertime or wintertime. Therefore, Member States will be allowed to make one additional time change in October 2019 and from that date onwards they will no longer apply changes to their seasonal time.
The Government has decided to conduct a public consultation on the functioning of the current EU summertime arrangements and to assess whether they should be changed. This information will help the Government form its position ahead of discussions at EU level.
2,000 people submitted their views through online platform on summer/wintertime arrangements, it was revealed during a public consulation held on Monday, October 1, 2018 at the Auberge d’Aragon in Valletta.
The session was organised by MEUSAC and the Ministry for European Affairs and Equality.