Members of the European Parliament voted in favour for Europe to stop moving the clock as of 2021.. However, member states need to decide whether we will permanently keep winter time or summer time.
This agreement follows an online consultation held last summer, 4.6 million responses received from 28 Member States. 54% of Maltese respondents claimed that they want to continue to change the time and move the clock.
The results showed that 76% of responders consider hour change twice a year as a negative experience. Reasons range from negative impacts on health and the increase in traffic accidents, among others.
The member states have been obliged by 2001 to redirect hour to summer time on the last Sunday of March, and back on the last Sunday of October. It was started as a method of energy conservation, particularly in the seventies oil crisis. Since 1980, the European Union started working on legislation to changes in time is all the same.
The proposal was originally for this year, 2019, but Marita Ulvskog, State Europarliamentarians taking care of the management of this law, claiming that the plan’s deadline was too short. They proposed to remove this law by 2021, giving more chance to make plans on the part of governments and businesses.