Europe Might Ditch Daylight Savings Time — Here's Why
This Sunday, most Americans will groan as time jumps forward, resulting in an hour of lost sleep. The twice-yearly daylight savings time was initially proposed to match waking and working hours with seasonal shifts in daylight, but now, the European Union isn’t so sure it wants to continue the tradition.
On Monday, the European Parliament’s Traffic Commission voted 23 to 11 to abolish daylight savings in the EU, effective 2021. Before the change is finalized, the Council of Member States will cast their vote on the matter and if approved, each member state will decide independently whether to implement the change.
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Germany’s The Local reports that the right for member states to independently decide whether or not to abolish daylight savings could prove to be problematic to trade and travel, as some make the move and others opt out. An article by the Associated Press in The Seattle Times notes that there are also divisions within the EU as to which time – summer or fall – should become the standard. Currently, most of the EU member states are in the same time zone.
Based on a 2018 public survey, 84 percent of EU residents supported nixing daylight savings time. This vote opposes how most Americans feel on the matter. According to a 2017 survey done by Princeton Survey Research Associates International, 55 percent of Americans report not being disrupted by daylight savings time, according to CNN.