Ministers to discuss the preparations for discontinuing seasonal time changes throughout the EU

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2018 10 26

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On October 29 Mr. Rokas Masiulis, Minister of Transport of Communications, takes part in the informal meeting of transport and environment ministers of the EU in Graz (Austria) to discuss the preparations of the EU Member States to end seasonal time changes.

“Even 84 percent of respondents were in favour of discontinuing the bi-annual clock changes when a public consultation was conducted in the European Union this year. Therefore, the quick reaction of the European Commission and its consideration of the residents’ opinion is really welcome,” – says the Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr. R. Masiulis.

With regard to the outcomes of this public consultation, the European Commission suggested to end bi-annual clock changes, i.e. summer and winter time. The EU Member States will have to decide upon their standard time and should discuss and coordinate the issue with the neighbouring countries.

At present the negotiations are pending, because the EU Member States and the European Parliament have to agree, from which year the seasonal time change should be stopped. Lithuania wants this decision to be made as soon as possible.

In order to get a clear view of the preferences in choosing summertime or wintertime, Lithuania is going to launch a national public opinion poll and consultations with relevant stakeholders. This will enable the country to engage into consultations with its closest neighbouring countries.

Since 2001, EU summertime arrangements have been governed by Directive 2000/84/EC, setting out the obligation on all Member States to switch to summer-time on the last Sunday of March and to switch back to their standard time (“winter-time”) on the last Sunday of October.