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2018/0332(COD) Seasonal changes of time

Progress: Awaiting Council 1st reading position / budgetary conciliation convocation

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead TRAN ULVSKOG Marita (icon: S&D S&D) SVOBODA Pavel (icon: PPE PPE), ZŁOTOWSKI Kosma (icon: ECR ECR), BILBAO BARANDICA Izaskun (icon: ALDE ALDE), KYLLÖNEN Merja (icon: GUE/NGL GUE/NGL), DALUNDE Jakop (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE), PAKSAS Rolandas (icon: EFDD EFDD), ARNAUTU Marie-Christine (icon: ENF ENF)
Committee Opinion ENVI PIECHA Bolesław G. (icon: ECR ECR)
Committee Opinion ITRE SCHULZE Sven (icon: PPE PPE)
Committee Opinion IMCO ŠOLTES Igor (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE)
Committee Opinion AGRI MÜLLER Ulrike (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Committee Opinion JURI SVOBODA Pavel (icon: PPE PPE)
Committee Opinion PETI WIKSTRÖM Cecilia (icon: ALDE ALDE)
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 114-p1

Events

2019/05/10
   UK_HOUSE-OF-LORDS - Reasoned opinion
Documents
2019/03/26
   EP - Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The European Parliament adopted by 410 votes to 192 with 51 abstentions a legislative resolution on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council discontinuing seasonal changes of time and repealing Directive 2000/84/EC.

The position of the European Parliament adopted at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure has amended the Commission proposal as follows:

End of the biannual seasonal change of time

Members supported the Commission’s proposal to discontinue the time change but voted in favour of postponing the date from 2019 to 2021.

They proposed that the time change scheduled for the last Sunday in March 2021 should be the last for EU Member States wishing to keep summer time. Member States that prefer to keep the standard time, i.e. winter time, may change their time one last time on the last Sunday in October 2021. Member States should notify their decision to the Commission by 1 April 2020 at the latest.

The decision on the time zone to be applied in each Member State should be preceded by consultations and studies taking into account citizens' preferences, geographical variations, regional differences, standard working arrangements and other factors relevant to the Member State in question. Member States should therefore have sufficient time to analyse the impact of the proposal and choose the most advantageous solution for their population, while taking into account the proper functioning of the internal market.

Member States should cooperate with one another and take decisions on their envisaged time arrangements in a concerted and coordinated manner. Therefore, a coordination mechanism should be established, consisting of a designated representative from each Member State and a representative of the Commission. The coordination mechanism should discuss and assess the potential impact of any envisaged decision on a Member State’s standard times on the functioning of the internal market, in order to avoid significant disruptions.

Protecting the functioning of the internal market

Where the Commission considers that the envisaged change will significantly affect the proper functioning of the internal market, it shall inform the notifying Member State thereof.

By 31 October 2020 at the latest, the notifying Member State shall decide whether to maintain its intention or not. Where the notifying Member State decides to maintain its intention, it shall provide a detailed explanation of how it will address the negative impact of the change on the functioning of the internal market.

Where the Commission determines that the envisaged time arrangements, notified by the Member States, have the potential to significantly and permanently hamper the proper functioning of the internal market, it is empowered to adopt delegated acts to postpone the date of application of this directive by no more than 12 months and submit a legislative proposal, if appropriate.

Assessment

By 31 December 2025 at the latest the Commission shall submit to the European Parliament and to the Council an evaluation report on the application and implementation of this directive, accompanied, where necessary, by a legislative proposal for its review based on a thorough impact assessment, involving all relevant stakeholders.

Documents
2019/03/25
   EP - Debate in Parliament
2019/03/07
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Transport and Tourism adopted the report by Marita ULVSKOG (S&D, SE) on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council discontinuing seasonal changes of time and repealing Directive 2000/84/EC.

The committee recommended that the European Parliament's position adopted at first reading under the ordinary legislative procedure should amend the Commission's proposal as follows:

End of the biannual seasonal change of time

Members proposed that the time change scheduled for the last Sunday in March 2021 should be the last for EU Member States wishing to keep summer time. Member States that prefer to keep the standard time, i.e. winter time, may change their time one last time on the last Sunday in October 2021. Member States should notify their decision to the Commission by 1 April 2020 at the latest.

Member States should cooperate with one another and take decisions on their envisaged time arrangements in a concerted and coordinated manner. Therefore, a coordination mechanism should be established, consisting of a designated representative from each Member State and a representative of the Commission. The coordination mechanism should discuss and assess the potential impact of any envisaged decision on a Member State’s standard times on the functioning of the internal market, in order to avoid significant disruptions.

Protecting the functioning of the internal market

Where the Commission considers that the envisaged change will significantly affect the proper functioning of the internal market, it shall inform the notifying Member State thereof.

By 31 October 2020 at the latest, the notifying Member State shall decide whether to maintain its intention or not. Where the notifying Member State decides to maintain its intention, it shall provide a detailed explanation of how it will address the negative impact of the change on the functioning of the internal market.

Where the Commission determines that the envisaged time arrangements, notified by the Member States, have the potential to significantly and permanently hamper the proper functioning of the internal market, it is empowered to adopt delegated acts to postpone the date of application of this Directive by no more than 12 months and submit a legislative proposal, if appropriate.

Assessment

By 31 December 2025 at the latest the Commission shall submit to the European Parliament and to the Council an evaluation report on the application and implementation of this Directive, accompanied, where necessary, by a legislative proposal for its review based on a thorough impact assessment, involving all relevant stakeholders.

Documents
2019/03/04
   EP - Vote in committee, 1st reading/single reading
2019/02/25
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2019/02/21
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2019/02/21
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2019/02/21
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2019/02/20
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2019/02/19
   EP - Committee opinion
Documents
2019/01/29
   EP - Amendments tabled in committee
Documents
2019/01/04
   CZ_SENATE - Contribution
Documents
2018/12/18
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2018/12/03
   DK_PARLIAMENT - Reasoned opinion
Documents
2018/12/03
   UK_HOUSE-OF-COMMONS - Reasoned opinion
Documents
2018/12/03
   CSL - Council Meeting
2018/10/30
   UK_HOUSE-OF-LORDS - Reasoned opinion
Documents
2018/10/29
   ES_PARLIAMENT - Contribution
Documents
2018/10/25
   EP - Responsible Committee
2018/10/25
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/10/22
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/10/17
   ESC - Economic and Social Committee: opinion, report
Documents
2018/10/10
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/10/09
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/09/24
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/09/24
   EP - Committee Opinion
2018/09/13
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament, 1st reading/single reading
2018/09/12
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2018/09/12
   EC - Legislative proposal published
Details

PURPOSE: to end seasonal changes of time.

PROPOSED ACT: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure on an equal footing with the Council.

BACKGROUND: EU legislation on summer-time arrangements was first introduced in 1980 with the objective of unifying existing national summer-time practices and schedules. Since 2001, EU summer-time arrangements have been governed by Directive 2000/84/EC setting out the obligation on all Member States to switch to summer-time on the last Sunday of March and to switch back to their standard time ("winter-time") on the last Sunday of October.

The system of bi-annual clock changes has been increasingly questioned , by citizens, by the European Parliament, and by a growing number of Member States.

In its resolution of 8 February 2018, Parliament asked the Commission to carry out an assessment of summer-time arrangements as provided for in Directive 2000/84/EC and, where appropriate, to submit a proposal for revision. The Commission has also carried out a public consultation, which generated around 4.6 million replies, of which 84% were in favour of discontinuing the bi-annual clock changes while 16% wanted to keep them.

Against this background, the Commission considers that the arrangements for summer time should be terminated in a coordinated manner in order to avoid any major disruption to the internal market caused by divergences between Member States in this area.

IMPACT ASSESSMENT: based on the evidence available on the effects of the EU summer-time arrangements, the conclusion can be drawn that a continued harmonised regime – whereby all Member States abolish the bi-annual time changes – would remain beneficial for the functioning of the internal market.

Effects on other areas are rather inconclusive and are likely to depend on the geographical location and whether Member States choose to stay with permanent summer- or permanent winter-time. The impact of this choice therefore needs to be assessed at national level. A change of system will also bring about transition costs that should be considered.

CONTENT: the Commission proposes to end seasonal changes in European time from 2019 onwards, while leaving the Member States free to decide whether to permanently apply summer time or winter time. Directive 2000/84/EC will be repealed. The proposed directive provides that the last mandatory summer-time period will start on 31 March 2019 at 1.00 a.m.

Member States wishing to return permanently to winter time may make a final change of seasonal time on Sunday 27 October 2019 (at 01.00 in the morning). From this date, seasonal time changes will no longer be possible.

Member States remain free to make changes to their standard time that are not linked to seasonal changes. In order to avoid disturbances Member States should inform the Commission of their intention to change their standard time 6 months before changes take effect.

Given that the Member States will have to apply Directive as from 1 April 2019, the Directive provides that each Member State must, by 27 April 2019 at the latest , on the basis of possible consultations and assessments at national level and in concertation with other Member States, notify the Commission of its intention to permanently apply a standard time corresponding to their current winter-time, rather than to their current summer-time .

Documents

Activities

Votes

A8-0169/2019 - Marita Ulvskog - Proposition de la Commission 26/03/2019 12:37:01.000

2019/03/26 Outcome: +: 410, -: 192, 0: 51
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A8-0169/2019 - Marita Ulvskog - Proposition de la Commission

2019/03/26 Outcome: +: 410, -: 192, 0: 51
DE PL RO BG AT FR BE HU ES FI SK SE CZ LV HR DK LT SI LU EE MT IE CY NL EL PT GB IT
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46
22
17
16
67
21
14
47
13
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8
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AmendmentsDossier
509 2018/0332(COD)
2018/12/17 PETI 41 amendments...
source: 629.636
2018/12/19 IMCO 84 amendments...
source: 632.043
2019/01/21 AGRI 47 amendments...
source: 632.937
2019/01/28 ENVI 77 amendments...
source: 634.558
2019/01/29 TRAN 77 amendments...
source: 634.580
2019/01/30 ITRE 105 amendments...
source: 634.603
2019/02/05 JURI 78 amendments...
source: 634.656

History

(these mark the time of scraping, not the official date of the change)

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      • PURPOSE: to end seasonal changes of time.

        PROPOSED ACT: Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council.

        ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: the European Parliament decides in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure on an equal footing with the Council.

        BACKGROUND: EU legislation on summer-time arrangements was first introduced in 1980 with the objective of unifying existing national summer-time practices and schedules. Since 2001, EU summer-time arrangements have been governed by Directive 2000/84/EC setting out the obligation on all Member States to switch to summer-time on the last Sunday of March and to switch back to their standard time ("winter-time") on the last Sunday of October.

        The system of bi-annual clock changes has been increasingly questioned, by citizens, by the European Parliament, and by a growing number of Member States.

        In its resolution of 8 February 2018, Parliament asked the Commission to carry out an assessment of summer-time arrangements as provided for in Directive 2000/84/EC and, where appropriate, to submit a proposal for revision. The Commission has also carried out a public consultation, which generated around 4.6 million replies, of which 84% were in favour of discontinuing the bi-annual clock changes while 16% wanted to keep them.

        Against this background, the Commission considers that the arrangements for summer time should be terminated in a coordinated manner in order to avoid any major disruption to the internal market caused by divergences between Member States in this area.

        IMPACT ASSESSMENT: based on the evidence available on the effects of the EU summer-time arrangements, the conclusion can be drawn that a continued harmonised regime – whereby all Member States abolish the bi-annual time changes – would remain beneficial for the functioning of the internal market.

        Effects on other areas are rather inconclusive and are likely to depend on the geographical location and whether Member States choose to stay with permanent summer- or permanent winter-time. The impact of this choice therefore needs to be assessed at national level. A change of system will also bring about transition costs that should be considered.

        CONTENT: the Commission proposes to end seasonal changes in European time from 2019 onwards, while leaving the Member States free to decide whether to permanently apply summer time or winter time. Directive 2000/84/EC will be repealed. The proposed directive provides that the last mandatory summer-time period will start on 31 March 2019 at 1.00 a.m.

        Member States wishing to return permanently to winter time may make a final change of seasonal time on Sunday 27 October 2019 (at 01.00 in the morning). From this date, seasonal time changes will no longer be possible.

        Member States remain free to make changes to their standard time that are not linked to seasonal changes. In order to avoid disturbances Member States should inform the Commission of their intention to change their standard time 6 months before changes take effect.

        Given that the Member States will have to apply Directive as from 1 April 2019, the Directive provides that each Member State must, by 27 April 2019 at the latest, on the basis of possible consultations and assessments at national level and in concertation with other Member States, notify the Commission of its intention to permanently apply a standard time corresponding to their current winter-time, rather than to their current summer-time.

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