MEP Marlene Mizzi voted against the resolution approved by the European Parliament which calls for a review of daylight saving time because of potential benefits for human health. This could mark the beginning of the end of summertime and the biannual clock change which takes place at the end of March and October.
The resolution was adopted with 384 votes in favour, 153 against and 12 abstentions. Maltese MEP Marlene Mizzi was one of the MEPs who voted against the resolution, which calls to stop the current bi-annual clock change at EU level. “I am in favour that daylight saving time remains. The current summertime arrangements directive, which entered in force in 2001, provides a harmonised date and time for the beginning and end of the summertime period across the EU, with the aim of helping the internal market to function effectively. Above all, summertime is an added means to energy saving during the brighter summer months,” said MEP Mizzi.
The resolution notes that several scientific studies have indicated the existence of negative effects on human health because of summertime. A number of citizens’ initiatives have also highlighted citizens’ concerns. In January Finland called for daylight saving to be abolished across the EU after a petition gathered more than 70,000 signatures from citizens asking the state to give up the practice.
The resolution also stresses that it is crucial to maintain a unified EU time regime and calls on the European Commission to conduct a thorough assessment of summertime arrangements and, if necessary, come up with a proposal for its revision.
The current EU law stipulates a common date in spring and autumn on which clocks must be put forward and back by one hour in all 28 member states.
Opinions remain divided all over the world and in the European Union about the benefits of the system.
Any commission proposal to amend the European law on summertime arrangements would still need the approval of a majority of EU national governments and the Parliament – a process that can take more than a year.