for 2019 announced the abolition of the change between summer and winter time in the European Union not to implement. “In 2024 at the earliest, it is to the extent that the time conversion is completed,” said Austrian transport Minister Norbert Hofer, as Chairman of the EU-countries. Otherwise, a “time-patchwork carpet threat” in Europe.

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had proposed in mid-September, 2019, the clock for the last Time. Background an online survey was: More than 80 percent of the 4.6 million participants advocated for an end to the time of the changeover, including three million from Germany.

“The majority of people in Germany, there is a clear preference – I also,” said Federal Economics Minister, Peter Altmaier, the Funke media group. “That’s why I advocate for the abolition of the time change and the long-lasting the summer time.” The CDU politician extolling the advantages from the German point of view: “So you could refuel more often rays after work for a few sun, people could also be in the cold Season, longer in the Free active kids after daycare or school, no longer in the Bright outside and play.”

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The plans could also bring great disadvantages. At the EU level will only be decided if there should be the change between Winter and summer time. What is the time in the individual countries, on the other hand is a national issue. The EU member States should be able to choose whether you want to permanently have Winter or summer time. Problems makes the coordination between the two countries.

“It would be absurd if Germany or Hungary, and Italy and Austria would have different time systems”, said the Austrian Minister, Hofer. Rather, it would have to be some of the neighbouring States on a model. “Which model it will be summer time or winter time, which will show the conversations in the next few months.”

Currently, there are in Central Europe time zone from Poland to Spain, Germany and 16 other countries in the EU. You should stay for the benefit of travellers and to the trade as possible. But the summer came for all of the 17 States of the time, it would mean for Spain in the Winter darkness until just before 10.00 PM. All of them agree on the winter time, it would be in Warsaw in the summer to 03.00 PM bright. The time change twice a year, dampens the Extreme.

Hofer objected in any case to counter the accusation that Austria verschleppe as the presidency, a solution. His country would have been for a very rapid elimination of the time change, stressed the Minister. But other countries have had problems with it. Therefore, Austria had proposed as a compromise the move. “If we had insisted, to make the immediately, would have failed of the proposal and the time change would be to not quit.”

In the EU member States will have changed since 1996, on the last Sunday in March and the last Sunday in October the clocks one hour each. In Germany, there is the summer time since 1980.



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