European Union backs ending daylight saving time across the continent

Cecilia Malmstrom declared plans to finalise a more limited trade agreement with the US

Cecilia Malmstrom declared plans to finalise a more limited trade agreement with the US

The European Commission has decided it will push the EU Parliament and member states to ditch the system of twice-yearly changes to the time following a citizens' consultation.

More than 80% of European Union citizens wanted to abolish the EU's switch and favoured keeping the time used in summer for the whole year, Jean-Claude Juncker said on German television, adding he would put the plan to a debate among European Union commissioners.

Speaking to German public broadcaster ZDF, Juncker said the survey indicated "summer time should be year-round, and that's what will happen".

Following an online consultation, which received 4.6 million responses from across all 28 EU countries, the European Commission has revealed 84% want to abolish the act of daylight saving.

The idea of dropping the change between daylight saving and standard time received strong backing in numerous EU's 28 countries.

If the proposal is adopted, each member nation will be able to decide "whether to go for permanent summer or wintertime (or a different time)", the European Union said in its callout for the public to weigh in.

The European Union shared US criticism of China over industry subsidies, state intervention and forced technology transfers, but believed its approach was wrong, she said. But in a synchronization process that took years to complete, all of them have been changing their clocks every March and October since 1996.

That change effectively makes the evenings longer in the summer and shorter in the winter, although the winter mornings are less gloomy.

"We're competing against not only the yuan, we're competing against the euro", he said.

Its detractors point out in particular the physiological disturbances that it entails.

In February of this year, with member state Finland calling for a change, the European Parliament voted 384 to 153 in favor of a review of the Daylight Saving Time system.

The practice was reinforced during World War II and during the energy crisis in the 1970s. He said millions were backing a move to summer time.

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