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Parliamentary questions
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8 February 2017
Answer given by Ms Bulc on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-008514/2016

Recital (7) of Directive 2000/84/EC on summer-time arrangements clearly explains that the initiative of a harmonised summer and winter-time is considered to be in line with the subsidiarity principle. Facilitating transport and communication services cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States on their own.

It is important to distinguish between the Member States' prerogative to decide on the applicable time zone, be it Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), GMT +1 or GMT +2 (being the three time zones applied across the Union — except for the overseas territories) and the obligation for every Member State to respect the application of summer and wintertime as determined by Directive 2000/84/EC.

Independently from the specific time zone a Member State has decided to apply on its territory, every Member State has to apply the summertime and move the clocks one hour ahead on the last Sunday of March and move the clocks back to wintertime on the last Sunday of October.

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