By Charlie Loran • 21 October 2020 • 21:11
When the clocks go back in Spain this Sunday, October 25, many in Spain hope it will be for the last time.
When the EU announced a movement to abolish the practice of daylight saving in 2018, it particularly struck a chord in Spain, where many believe they are living in the wrong time zone.
The current convention has it that all of Europe changes its clocks back one hour during the night of the last Saturday in October and forward again on the last weekend of March.
The practice was introduced in the early 20th century as a way of making the most of the natural light and conserving fuel but is considered by many to be obsolete.
EU wide movement against it
In 2018, the President of the EU Commission announced his plan to abolish the changing of the clocks after an online survey showed that Europeans are in favour of staying permanently on “summertime”.
Jean-Claude Juncker said he wanted to follow the wishes of the 80 per cent of Europeans who voted to get rid of the seasonal changing of the clocks, so Europe could remain on Summer Time all year round.
But earlier this year the measure was postponed until 2021 to allow all the national government time to decide which time-zone they want to stick in.
This means that European nations must communicate whether they choose summer or wintertime. If they opt for the first option, the last time change will take place in March 2021, while the clock will be changed for the last time in October 2021 in those nations that decide to stay with wintertime.
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