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Parliamentary questions
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1 September 2015
Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-004764/2015

Most Member States introduced their own summertime arrangements in the 1970's. These autonomous decisions resulted in different summertime arrangements being applied across the Member States and had an impact on the functioning of the internal market. Consequently, a series of Directives on the summertime arrangements were adopted resulting in Directive 2000/84/EC of 19 January 2001(1) harmonising the start and end of the summertime period across the EU.

In 2014, the Commission commissioned a study(2) on the harmonisation of summertime in Europe. This study concludes that if summertime was not harmonised in the Union, it would entail substantial inconvenience and disturbance for citizens and businesses alike. The study also includes scenarios of abolishing summertime in one or more Member States and looked at the effects of this asynchronous application of summertime in the EU.

At this stage and considering the above, the Commission has no intention to revise or repeal Directive 2000/84/EC.

(1)Directive 2000/84/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19.1.2001 on summer-time arrangements , Official Journal L 031, 2.2.2001 p. 21-22.

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