Next night will switch to summer time. Finland is one of the most active countries in proposing to stop moving watches in the EU.
Watches must be moved again next night when Finland switches to summer time. The clocks will be moved one hour forward on Sunday, March 28 at 3:00 p.m.
In Finland, summer and normal times have been observed permanently since 1981. The transition to summer and winter time is a common practice in the European Union.
the European Commission proposed in 2018 that the bi-annual time shift be abolished uniformly throughout the European Union. It would be up to the Member States to decide for how long they would introduce on a permanent basis.
Finland has been the most active member of the Member States in abandoning the time shift.
The original target schedule has not been met. The European Parliament Parliament proposed in 2019 that clocks be moved for the last time in 2021.
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Proposal is still awaiting consideration by the EU Council, as the Council and Parliament will decide jointly.
The corona pandemic has contributed to delaying the debate on the relocation of watches. The issue has not been on the agenda during this spring’s Portuguese EU Presidency.
Head of Unit, Ministry of Transport and Communications Maria Rautavirta says that negotiations are ongoing at EU level and have not progressed since the Finnish presidency.
– It remains to be seen whether things will move forward this year or at what pace, Rautavirta says.
An EU decision would be needed first, after which the Finnish Parliament could decide on the matter. There would be a transition period of 18 months for implementation.
There is currently no information on when the decision will be made. It is therefore to be expected that the relocation of clocks will not be eliminated in the near future.
– Once the negotiations have been suspended, it is not possible to guess the time of entry into force, Rautavirta says.
In Finland there is currently no definitive position on whether winter or summer time should be chosen as a permanent period. Finland considers it important to avoid fragmentation of time zones.
Rautavirta says that Finland has had preliminary discussions with the Baltic countries and the Nordic countries on how to promote a common solution. However, each country decides on its own time zone independently.
– The goal of all countries is that time zones do not become fragmented and there is no big time difference with neighboring countries, Rautavirta says.
Source site www.is.fi