A sunrise in the Winter only in the middle of the morning? Or an hour shorter grilling in the summer because the sun is setting earlier? The time change actually, as the EU Commission has planned – you would have to decide for one of these two scenarios.

for example, Frankfurt: Would apply this year, the eternal summer time, would be in the Main metropolis on the shortest day of the year, on 22. December, the sun is only about 9.20 am. Before: darkness and dim light. In the case of an eternal winter, however, disappear in the sun on the longest day of the year, on 21. June, around 20.40 PM beyond the horizon instead of twenty before ten. That would mean: put an end to the seemingly everlasting summer evenings.

the EU Parliament agreed on the Position to the time change from

If anyone is upset passionate about the semi-annual Turning of the clock, has considered that? No matter how The European decision-making process is progressing, albeit slowly. On (this) Tuesday (12.30 PM) from the EU Parliament about its Position on the hotly debated topic – an intermediate step on the long road to a possible compromise. But why is it discussed in the EU now at all about the abolition of the time change?


Obsolete and useless: The time change will lose their advocate


The change between summer and winter time calls for a long time already many opponents to the Plan. Since 1996 will be converted in the European Union on the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October the clocks one hour each. In Germany, there is the summer time since 1980.

was Originally intended to be, thanks to a better utilization of daylight, energy saved, but the economic Benefit is today highly controversial. In addition, scientific evidence suggests that some people’s health is suffering under the Mini-jet lag. Also animals, it is difficult to return to an altered circadian rhythm.

the Online survey: 84 percent of demand abolition

Finally, the EU Commission launched last year a Europe-wide Online survey to the time change. The response was huge. 4.6 million people took part, around 3 million of them came from Germany. The result: 84 percent of the participants called for the abolition of the time change – and also in countries where the right dramatic effect.

In Central Europe there are at the Moment a big time zone from Poland to Spain, Germany and 16 other countries in the EU. Permanent summer would be for all 17 States of the time, it would mean for the West of Spain the dark until after 10.00 PM. Nevertheless, 93 percent of the survey participants from Spain voted for an end to the time change. In a winter time it would be in Warsaw in the summer against 3.15 at bright – but also in Poland, the opponents of the Back-and-Forth with 95 percent of them were clearly in the majority.


New holiday, time change, and more minimum wage: The change in March 2019

The EU Commission responded and suggested that already in 2019, semi-annual Turning of the clock to be abolished. Instead, each state should be able to decide for himself whether he wants to permanently summer or winter time.

However, the competent EU Ministers of transport, locked against such a quick end to the scheme. In 2021 at the earliest, and that it should be so far, they were recently. Otherwise, a confusing flick the threat of carpet from different times in the EU. Currently, the EU member States agree with each other and their Position, the next official Ministers ‘ meeting on the topic is scheduled for June – after the European elections.

only Change from 2021 to avoid patchwork

Also in the EU Parliament, there is the concern about a times-Chaos in the EU. “It would be awkward if you need to change in the case of a journey from Northern Germany through the Netherlands and Belgium to France, and three times the clock,” recently declared that the CDU MEPs Peter Liese and Dieter Koch, who both argue for an end to the time change.

In the transport Committee, you advocated for an end to the exchange between summer and winter time until the year 2021. To avoid the dreaded patchwork, wants to call the Committee a “coordination mechanism”, in which representatives of the Commission and the member States should sit. To bring forth a uniform regulation in the member States.

the Parliament as a whole is positioned As that remains to be seen. At the end of need to some of the negotiators of the members and of the member States, in each case on a compromise. This is not expected before the autumn of 2019 – after all, before it comes to negotiations, it must be constituted after the elections the new European Parliament.

In the night to Sunday it is once again: the night of The Europeans is reduced by one hour, because at 2: 00 a.m., the pointer jumps one hour forward. It means, first of all, again, for many Germans: in the dark get up.

Violetta Heise / vit / DPA