'The European Parliament has overwhelmingly voted in favor of reviewing the bi-annual change of clocks across the bloc after a citizens’ petition and health concerns challenged the longtime practice.
After hearing grassroots concerns about the clock change which currently takes place in the last weekend of March and October, European lawmakers on Thursday voted 384 to 153 on a non-binding resolution urging the European Commission to carry out a “thorough assessment” of the practice and potentially come up with a “proposal for its revision.”
EU as a unified entity adopted Daylight Saving Time (DST) across all member states in 2001 under the ‘Summertime Arrangements Directive.' Now lawmakers think the practice of moving time one hour back and then forward might be obsolete. “Numerous studies have failed to reach a conclusive outcome, but indicate negative effects on human health,” due to bi-annual clock management, MEPs said in a press release.
The vote by the EU lawmakers was spurred by a Finnish citizens’ petition, which gathered 70,000 signatures urging Brussels to abolish the centralized switching of the clocks, so that EU’s most northern capital Helsinki could make better use of the scarce six hours of daylight it gets in December.'
Read more: EU may abolish Daylight Saving Time after MEPs vote to reassess bi-annual clock change
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