Lithuania to appeal to EC about daylight saving time

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The Lithuanian Parliament has asked the Government to address the European Commission with the proposal that the European Union member states be allowed to decide themselves whether to follow the daylight saving time. The Government must forward the proposal to the European Commission by 30 April 2016 at the latest.

Sixty-seven MPs voted for the decree On the Application of the Daylight Saving Time in Lithuania, five voted against with 28 abstentions.

The Parliament has also suggested that the Government charge state institutions with analysing the impact of the time switching on health, energy, transport, environment, tourism and agriculture. The public should be polled regarding the application of the daylight saving time as well.

The document notes that from the perspective of health, it would be best for Lithuanians if time suited the country's geographic location and time zone.

The EU's directive on summer-time arrangements is reviewed every five years. It will be next revised in late 2016.

Source: Elta EN
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