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EU's annual time change sparks heated discussions

Time's up for EU's decision on daylight saving time


In a recurring ritual that influences the daily lives of millions, the European Union finds itself divided over the issue of daylight saving time. As the last Sunday of October approaches, the clocks are set to turn back an hour, bringing winter time back into the fold.

On October 29, at the stroke of 4:00 a.m., timekeepers across the EU will dutifully adjust their clocks to read 3:00 a.m. It's a biannual tradition that has, in recent years, been fraught with uncertainty and debate.

The proposed changes, intended to end the practice of daylight saving time and establish a more stable time regime, were initially scheduled for 2021.

However, a heated debate on the responsibility for this shift reached a stalemate shortly before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The subsequent complexities brought by Brexit, including the potential for different time zones in the Republic of Ireland and British-run Northern Ireland, further complicated matters.

As we approach the final Sunday in March 2024, when daylight saving time is slated to return, the question of its abolition remains unresolved.

The European Union finds itself at an impasse, with no clear consensus on when, or if, the daylight saving time measure will be discarded. The matter continues to be a source of considerable concern for those who grapple with the annual time adjustment.

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