Daylight saving time: at night we move the clock hands one hour forward

There is not much time left before the clock changes. On the night of March 26-27, Greeks set their clocks forward one hour.

Daylight saving time will start at 3:00 on Sunday. The clock hands must be moved one hour ahead, i.e. so the hands will show 4:00.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport published an announcement on the transition to summer time in March 2022. The document clarifies that “on Sunday 27 March 2022, winter time will expire in accordance with Directive 2000/84 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 January 2001 concerning provisions for winter time.”

US: Senate votes unanimously to abolish winter time

A few days ago, the Senate voted to permanently abolish daylight saving time, meaning the US will live on daylight saving time from now on. “The change of time is an outdated perception, a source of stress and confusion. It’s just stupid, you can’t say otherwise,” said Marco Rubio, the author of the bill. The Republican Senator from Florida, in his speech, pointed to association of time change with an increase in “heart attacks and car accidents”.

Winter time “literally darkens our lives,” commented Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, where night falls around 4:15 p.m. in December. The fate of this bill, however, is unclear: for implementation, it must be approved by Parliament and ratified by President Joe Biden, who has the power to veto it. The President has not yet taken a stand on this issue.

The main idea is that the time change negatively affects biological rhythms, especially in children. In September 2018 EU proposed to abolish daylight saving time… in 2019. However, in March 2019, the European Parliament voted to postpone the issue to 2021. Since then, due to the crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic, the topic has remained open.

What did the European Parliament decide?

The plenary session of the European Parliament decided to cancel the time change in 2021. Voting took place in March 2019. It was supposed to take place on the last Sunday of March 2021, but the issue did not move forward, and the countries did not choose whether to stick to summer or winter time.

“The time change should be abolished,” then-commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker said in 2018, following an online poll in the European Union. 84% of those who took part in the survey were in favor of ending this practice.

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