Daylight saving time again despite the EU's promise of abolition

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Published 26 March 2023 at 09.08

Domestic. Despite promises from the European Commission to abolish the criticized system of “summer time” and “winter time”, nothing came of the abolition. During the night to Sunday, the clocks of the EU countries were put forward one hour and almost everyone got one hour less sleep.

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The EU Parliament voted in March 2019 for to abolish, starting in 2021, the requirement that the member states must change the clock by one hour once in the autumn and once in the spring.

The Commission promised long before that on its own to abolish the time change until 2018, but managed then the question to the EU Parliament.

A new promise from came in 2019 to abolish summer time by the beginning of 2021. But then the commission ignored that promise as well, and blamed the “pandemic”.

The EU commission now says that each member state must decide for itself whether it wants permanent standard time or permanent summer time and that the time change must finally be introduced .

But the Council of Ministers, which represents the government of each EU country, says no.

In many countries, including Sweden, summer time is a political prestige project because they have succeeded in introducing it and having it remains despite the fact that almost the entire population has been against it all along.

The Swedish government has also not taken a position on whether the time change should be abolished, while many other EU countries are in favor of abolition.

In Sweden it was introduced in 1916 but abolished the same year after popular protests. It then took until 1980 before summer time was re-introduced, and in 1996 summer time was introduced as a requirement throughout the EU.