Mallorca may soon follow GMT depending upon Balearic vote and Madrid

Sunset over Mallorca.

IT is just possible that the Balearic Islands will decide not to follow mainland Spain and set its clocks and watches back by one hour on Sunday October 30 which would then see another group within the two-step time zone for Spain should a proposal that is to be voted on in the Balearic parliament is carried.

The argument which seems to be generally accepted by most parties in the Island group is that as the sun sets about an hour earlier than it does in the west of Spain, the Islands which rely so much on tourism and fishing will actually lose two hours of light if they continue to put the clocks back.

The proposal is being supported by all of the political parties in the parliament and the motion presented by the Més per Menorca group proposes that the time changes are not necessary and are a hangover from the past.

This seems to chime well with the Rajoy administration as the interim, but probably soon to be full, prime minister has already indicated that he wants to see a change to GMT as does his ‘partner’ Ciudadanos.

Whatever the result of the local vote, the final decision will have to be approved by Madrid but as the Canary Islands follow GMT already, it may not be impossible for approval to be granted.

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    • Maria Gardner

      25 October 2016 • 16:08

      Surely, if they don’t put their clocks back this weekend, then they will be 2 hours ahead of GMT, not in line with it?

    • Ian

      25 October 2016 • 17:27

      Guess the reporting needs to be smarter. Worth looking at the history of the longitude time zones across Europe. Portugal Spain & France were originally in line with GMT, according to the science ‘pole to pole’. Which is why Portugal is or was same as UK. Nowadays, I think the time zone decisions in Europe have more to do with the timing of the financial markets than anything else.

    • John EWN

      26 October 2016 • 09:55

      Sorry for any confusion. I wasn’t suggesting that the Balearics would be on GMT if they don’t put the clocks back.

      I simply added the fact that the new government in Spain may well change things so that the entire country would be on GMT.

    • Remi Acien

      13 November 2016 • 22:28

      Yes for the change of time zone for the Spain.GMT +1.00,GMT+0.00.

    • Remi Acien

      17 November 2016 • 21:12

      Yes for the return to the Spain to GMT.


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