According to the EUROPEAN Union’s request, from 2021 onwards, EU member states will have to make a decision on whether to continue with the winter daylight saving time conversion system, euronews reported. The Italian government, after a survey and assessment, has formally made a request to Brussels to maintain the winter daylight saving time system.
According to reports, according to the text of Italy’s proposal to the European Union to retain the winter daylight saving time system, Italy chose to maintain the winter daylight saving time system, there are three main considerations and reasons.
First, Italy believes that the termination of the winter daylight saving time system lacks authoritative impact assessment, and it is not possible to infer the impact and pros and cons of the uniform implementation of winter or daylight saving time. And there is no scientific evidence that time zone changes can harm health.
Second, from an economic point of view, Italy is located in southern Europe, the implementation of the winter daylight saving time system, six months a year can turn on the lights one hour late every day, its annual energy savings can reach more than 100 million euros.
Third, the Italian government is concerned that the unification of winter and summer time could cause time zone disruption for the population of member countries, threatening to affect the normal functioning of the internal market.
In March 2019, the European Parliament reportedly voted 410 to 192 to pass the bill to abolish the winter daylight saving time conversion system, which is scheduled to be implemented from April 2021.
In August 2018, the European Commission recommended that the winter daylight saving time conversion system be abolished from October 2019, based on the results of a public inquiry. At the time, the online survey received responses from about 4.6 million people in 28 EU member states, with more than 80 per cent wanting to cancel the winter daylight saving time switch.
It is reported that since 1996, EU member states have been turning the clock one hour faster on the last Sunday of March each year, implementing daylight saving time, and turning the clock back one hour on the last Sunday in October to restore the winter hour. The EU’s time-shift ingress designed to make fuller use of sunlight to save energy.
Brussels is understood to be discussing the abolition of winter daylight saving time in the coming months. Judging from the feedback from EU member states, most Nordic countries are opposed to the introduction of winter daylight saving time, which will make it dark in the Nordic region even later.