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Public Consultation on Summertime Arrangements


​From: Ministry for European Affairs and Equality and the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects 
​Published on: ​  24 September 2018
Running till:     1 October 2018
​Last Updated:   1 October 2018​

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Original Consultation

1.        Background

The switching from summertime to wintertime in October and from wintertime to summertime in March  has become an established part of our yearly routine. Currently, the clocks go forward one hour in the summer, and back again in the winter. This practice is also known as Daylight Saving.

Currently all EU Member States follow the same timetable to change the hour. This ensures that trade and travel run smoothly between states and is regulated by the European Union (through Directive 2000/84/EC).

In recent years the practice has been questioned by many people and the debate has gradually built momentum, to the point that the issue was taken up by the Union. The debate on “Summertime” primarily focuses on two points: the need to maintain harmonisation in all areas such as trade and the varied effects the switching from summertime to wintertime in October and from wintertime to summertime in March has on the routine lives of Citizens.

How has the issue been tackled by the European Union?

The European Parliament:  Passed a resolution in February 2018, which called on the Commission to prepare a thorough assessment of Summertime arrangements in Member States and come up with a proposal.

The Commission: Carried a public consultation. The results of this show that 84% of 4.6 million respondents want to abolish time changes. 54% of Maltese participants have said that they were in favour of abolishing time changes. 

On 12 September 2018, following the State of the Union Speech, the Commission published a Proposal to end seasonal time changes throughout the EU in 2019. 

The Proposal

The Proposed amendment to the Directive provides that Member States may decide whether they want their standard time to correspond to their current summertime or wintertime. Therefore, Member States will be allowed to make one additional time change in October 2019 and from that date onwards they will no longer apply changes to their seasonal time. 

For the proposed amendments to become effective, they would require the approval of a qualified majority of EU member states Governments and the European Parliament. 

Discussions on this Proposal are moving at a very fast pace as the Commission would like to conclude this file before the end of the current mandate. For this to happen, the Council and the European Parliament need to reach a political agreement before the end of March 2019.

What is the next step?

The Government has decided to conduct this online public consultation on the functioning of the current EU summertime arrangements and to assess whether they should be changed. 

This information will help the Government form its position ahead of discussions at EU level.

2. Consultation Questions

The questions that were asked in the online form were the following:

a. Does the change in time, from summertime to wintertime and vice-versa, affect you positively or negatively? [Choice from Positively, Negatively and The change does not affect me for both options]

b. Do you agree that these biannual time changes should be stopped? [Choice from Yes or No]

c. If yes (i.e. if the EU were to adopt this Proposal), would you prefer summertime or wintertime?

d. Why have you chosen this preference?

3.        Documents

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

Results of the Commission Public Consultation 

4.        Submission of input

Submissions were sent in through an online form.

Submissions were received by 1st October 2018
We thank you for your input.         
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Press Release No PR182030en​
Issue Date: 24 September 2018