Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL discontinuing seasonal changes of time and repealing Directive 2000/84/EC

The proposal concerns the twice-yearly changing of the clocks, often known as ‘Daylight Saving’. The Commission is proposing that these twice-yearly changes should be discontinued.
2. The Commission plan to introduce a new Directive, which will repeal the current Directive on summertime arrangements, 2000/84/EC. The current Directive mandates Member States to change from wintertime to summertime on the last Sunday in March and to switch back to wintertime on the last Sunday of October. The Commission proposes that the final mandatory changing of the clocks will take place on 31 March 2019, though this will depend on the progress of the Directive through the legislative process. Each Member State will have to decide whether to stay on permanent summertime or wintertime. If they opt for wintertime, they can then change the clocks back one last time in late October 2019. After that, Member States will retain competence over time zones but will no longer be able to change the clocks twice yearly.

Topic  Culture 
Department  DBEIS 
Council Reference  12118/18 
COM Reference  COM(18)639 
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  1. 12118/18 - 3 MB - pdf
  2. 12118/18 + Add 1 - 3 MB - pdf
  3. EM 12118/18 - 262 KB - pdf

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