Clocks are set to go back one hour across the European continent this weekend as summer time comes to an end. The clocks will be set to winter time over the course of the night from Saturday to Sunday. However, this might be one of the last times Europe changes its clocks at all.
A survey conducted by the European Commission this year revealed that the vast majority of EU citizens were in favour of scrapping the practice altogether.
After the results of the poll were released, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU would begin the process of getting rid of daylight saving time, and that each member state would be free to choose whether to stay on summer or winter time. The practice of standardizing daylight saving across the EU goes back to the 1980s, although many countries tried variations going back to World War I.
Proponents have cited energy savings, enhanced road safety, and other advantages from having more light during the day.
On the other hand, many people complain they experience a number of negative effects when the clocks change, including grogginess, difficulty sleeping, lack of concentration and having a bad temper.
It remains to be seen if and when the practice will actually be abandoned: so until there’s any news on that out of Brussels, Europeans will stick to changing their clocks as usual.