But will it be the last time? Between July and August 2018, in fact, a proposal was made to abolish the time change . The European Parliament supported this proposal,
According to the common position adopted by the deputies, the Member States that decide to keep daylight saving time should change the clock for the last time on the last Sunday of March 2021, while those who prefer to keep solar time should do so the last Sunday of October 2021.
At present, as Meteo.it reminds us , it is very likely that we will move towards a block decision: the southern countries of the Union could hold daylight saving time throughout the year, while the northern countries would keep the 12 months winter time.
At the moment, Italy has not yet taken a position on the matter of maintaining solar time or of abolishing it definitively, unlike France, which has decided, after a public consultation called by the National Assembly, to ban it forever.
The main reasons for those who want to keep solar time are economic, linked to the possibility of obtaining savings in terms of energy expenditure . Yet, in Finland, a parliamentary commission has put forward a proposal that provides for the abolition of this “tradition” starting from 70 thousand signatures collected by a citizen.
The request to renounce solar time has also found support from an important part of public opinion in the Nordic countries, which denounce the damage to the health of the hour change. Among the EU governments, besides Finland, there are Sweden and some Eastern European states have expressed themselves for abolition, but a majority in favor has not been registered.
Moving the hands an hour before the summer and an hour back before the winter would cause, according to the promoters of the abolition, different problems to our psycho-physical state and to our health. According to experts quoted by the Helsinki commission, this change would cause sleep disturbances, even prolonged insomnia, and would make us less active during the day. A sort of “laziness” that would have repercussions both on the economy and on industry.