- The European Union on Tuesday voted largely in favour of ending daylight saving time in Europe by 2021.
- According to the proposal, member states will decide whether to stay on permanent summer or permanent winter time.
- Some countries do not observe daylight saving time, including China, Japan, and India.
The European parliament on Tuesday voted largely in favour of ending daylight saving time in the EU by 2021.
According to the proposal, the twice-a-year clock changes would be scrapped in favour of allowing each member state to decide whether to stay on permanent summer or permanent winter time.
The draft initiative passed 410 votes to 192.
Countries that choose to keep their clocks on permanent summer time would make their final time change on the last Sunday in March 2021, the EU parliament said. Those who prefer to stay in permanent winter time will adjust their clocks for the final time on the last Sunday in October 2021.
The UK would also be subject to the changes if it stays in the EU, the Guardian reported, and also during an extended Brexit transition period.
The EU began unifying its clocks in 1980 in order to ensure harmonization of time switching within the single market. The EU Parliament said it wanted to ensure that clock changes around Europe will not disrupt the functioning of the single market going forward.
The EU Commission in charge of drafting legislation introduced the proposal last February after conducting a public assessment which showed 84% of respondents were in favour of getting rid of biannual clock changes. In total, there were 4.6 million responses from the public.
The proposal will now need to be agreed upon by the Parliament and EU ministers.
Some countries do not observe daylight saving time, including China, Japan, and India, though most major industrialized nations do.
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