4.6 million Europeans participated in the questionnaire
Posted: August 31, 2018 at 9:55 AM,
final intervention: 31 August 2018 at 13:46
Brussels – MMC RTV SLO, STA
The European Commission has accepted Jean-Claude Juncker's proposal to take into account the will of the respondents of EU residents who oppose the relocation of the clock and promised to advocate the abolition of summer or winter time.
Results of the questionnaire on summer time, which 4 July and 16 August of this year have given their opinion 4.6 millions of Europeans from all 28 EU Member States have shown that the vast majority are left-handed.
Juncker, chairman of the committee, told German television ZDF that he will try to prepare the appropriate bill with the European Commission and then be set in motion by the Member State and the European Parliament. Members must also decide what time they will be – summer or winter.
When the European Commission makes a formal proposal and a final decision can be taken, it is not yet known, but in Brussels they do not expect that this could have happened before. March the following year, when EU countries return to summer. In Brussels, they emphasize that the decision was made on the basis of the clearly expressed will of the citizens.
Slovenia: 87 Percentage of respondents would stop moving the clock
The representation of the European Commission in Slovenia announced that the preliminary results of the public consultation on the transition to summer time show 84 percent of respondents are against moving clock in Europe, 76 Percent experience with changing time twice a year is assessed as very negative or negative.
Respondents expressed concern about the adverse health effects, the increase in the number of traffic accidents or the underestimation of energy savings.
The survey in Slovenia amounted to 0.73%. 87 percent of respondents in Slovenia would abolish the movement of the clock, 13 while maintaining the current regime, 80 percent think it has a negative or very negative experience. The final results of the survey will be known in a few days.
"Millions of Europeans have spoken in our public consultation. Their message is very clear,"said the European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, which presented the results of the consultation to the College of Commissioners in Brussels.
The assessment of the current directive was requested by the European Parliament with a resolution on summer time in February, in which the committee was also asked to prepare amendments if necessary.
We move twice a year in the EU hour
According to current EU legislation on summer time arrangements, it is necessary to move the hours twice a year to take into account changing the length of daylight and taking advantage of the available light in a given period. So since 1996, all Europeans have been in this past Sunday March We move the clock for an hour, last Sunday October an hour back.
The summer time regime has been in force since 1980
Most Member States have a long tradition of time-consuming schemes, many of which date from the First and Second World Wars, or from the oil crisis in the 1970s. Since the 1980s, the European Union has gradually adopted legislation that would allow all member states to agree on time shifts and thus eliminate the differences between national regulations, according to the European Commission.
The summer-time regime at EU level has existed since 1980 and offers a uniform approach to moving the clock in the internal market. The EU countries are divided into three different time zones, independent of the summer time regime. In Slovenia, as in other countries in the former Yugoslavia, the movement of the clock was introduced in 1982.
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