The European Union will end the practice of changing the clocks twice a year from October 2019, European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc has announced.
The practice that dates back put in place to save energy during the World Wars and the oil crises of the 1970s requires EU countries to move forward their clocks by an hour on the last Sunday of March and back by an hour on the final Sunday in October.
The practice was made into a law in 1996.
No more seasonal clock changes after October 2019. This ambitious timeline will allow European citizens to reap the benefits without delay. I’m inviting @Europarl_EN & @EUCouncil to start work right away. #clockchange #SOTEU pic.twitter.com/D8te0w6wCL
— Violeta Bulc (@Bulc_EU) September 14, 2018
The decision follows an online survey of EU citizens in which some 4.6 million Europeans participated. 80 per cent of the respondents voted to scrap the practice.
The EU countries have time till April 2019 to decide whether to remain in summer or winter time, Bulc said.
Critics say that the system of changing the clocks twice a year has adverse health impacts such as sleep-related issues and the reduced concentration. Proponents say it helps in public safety as well as saving energy.