Could we see the end of daylight saving time in Europe? If the European Union listens to the citizens, then the answer would be an overwhelming “yes.” In a survey which asked citizens of the EU should we stop daylight saving time and stop changing the clocks twice every year a massive 80 percent of voters said yes.
The European Union organised an online survey from the beginning of June to the middle of August this year and a record 4.6 million people voted, the largest ever turnout for an EU survey.
All over Europe clocks are moved one hour forward on the last Sunday in March and then one hour back again on the last Sunday in October. The vast majority of the people who voted want summertime to be introduced all year round.
A European Commission spokesman said his colleagues would take time to analyse the results before they address the public with official findings.
Although the vote was not mandatory, the survey will certainly be taken into account in the Commission’s deliberations on proposing new legislation. Any changes will need to be approved by the European Parliament and EU member states.