On Tuesday, MEPs voted on the proposal to end the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour in spring and autumn from 2021. Based on the Parliament text, each Member State will choose if it wants wintertime or summertime as permanent standard time. MEP Marlene Mizzi have voted against this proposal.

“I am not against ending the practice of adjusting clocks by an hour twice a year from 2021. As the PETI spokesperson  for the SnD on this file, I had proposed three points for consideration: the chosen international time to be  what is known today as ‘summer time’; implementation not to be  before 2020; and harmonisation of time between member states. I am against leaving it up to each and every Member State to decide on their own what time they want to keep. In fact this proposal was a red line for me, as allowing member states to adopt different time would only cause chaos,” said MEP Mizzi.

Marlene Mizzi said: “The vote taken today will allow Member States to create different time-zones, which will have an extremely negative impact on the proper functioning of the internal market. We cannot give leeway to uncertainty and to patchwork that may lead to a de-harmonization of the internal market, and disruption in trade and travelling, and create complications in the maritime and aviation sectors. This is my main reservation and the reason why I have chosen to vote against this report.”

“As shadow rapporteur for the Petitions Committee, I have tried to address this issue by proposing one single harmonized time, but the vested interests were too high to overcome. Unfortunately the European Parliament proposal undermines what citizens have asked for, and will result in a patchwork of applicable times in the EU, in addition to the established geographical time zones,” said Marlene Mizzi.

“I have supported the interest of the citizens from the very beginning till the very end. A public consultation conducted by the Commission indicated that the majority of citizens showed a preference for the end to a bi-annual change of time and a stay on summer time. Unfortunately, Parliament decided otherwise.”