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The member countries of the European Union change their time. At two o'clock in the morning on the night of Saturday to Sunday, March 28, the clocks advance by 60 minutes, so it will be three o'clock. The year 2021 should have been the last of this mechanism, existing since the 1970s, but the decision is slow to apply. </p><div> <p>Exactly two years ago, MEPs voted to end the seasonal time change. It should have intervened this year. But in reality, the hardest part remained: to coordinate the choice of each state so as not to disrupt the functioning of the internal market.
Indeed, each European country has the right to choose what time he wishes to stay. Metropolitan France, for example, should keep daylight saving time after an online consultation with the French, which tipped the scales widely. But the majority of northern countries, except Germany, intend to keep winter time. For political reasons, Estonia refuses to be in the same time zone as its Russian neighbor and the majority of southern countries wish to stay in summer time.
Given the level of cross-border trade, the European Union cannot afford to become a patchwork. But discussions have been at a standstill since the end of 2019 and with the appearance of the Covid-19 pandemic, the subject is no longer a priority. According to MEP Europe Ecology-The Greens (EELV) Karima Delli, at the origin of this directive, the abandonment of the time change will therefore certainly not occur before 2023.
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