Conservative MEPs help defeat EU attempt to control time

08-Feb-2018 @ 13:00

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Conservative MEPs help defeat EU attempt to control time

Conservative MEPs today helped thwart attempts by the European Parliament to scrap the twice yearly clock change.

A call to discontinue the current system, which sees the clocks advanced an hour across the EU on the last Sunday in March and turned back on the last Sunday in October, was defeated.

The Parliament instead backed amended resolution asking the European Commission to conduct a thorough assessment of the issue. In practice this means no decision on any change is likely in the immediate future.

Conservative MEPs opposed both resolutions, arguing it was not a matter for the European Union to decide.

Transport spokesman Jacqueline Foster said: "The existing directive is quite logical in harmonising the date we change the time throughout the EU. However, a decision on whether to continue making the change must be one for Member States.

" We are obviously pleased today's call to scrap the clock change has been rejected. I am totally unconvinced by the inconclusive scientific reports of negative effects on health and road safety.

"The Commission assessment will be a complete waste of taxpayers' money at a time when there are far more important issues we should be focusing on in Europe."

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