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Posted by portugalpress on August 31, 2018

Following the most responded to questionnaire ever to have circulated around Europe, EC president Jean-Claude Juncker has confirmed that Brussels is to propose the abolition of “winter time”, the moment in October when we are all obliged to put the clocks back.

“The people want it and we will do it”, he said following the publication of the overwhelming results of the questionnaire in which 80% of the 4.6 million replies were for no more hour changes.

This morning a breakdown of the way each country voted will be posted online, though it is still unclear when exactly this change in policy will come into effect.

Says Público, the Commission first has to come to an agreement on the wording for what will effectively be a law change, and then the proposal will have to be agreed by the European Parliament.

Considering the time law changes and agreements take, we’re likely to be putting our clocks back next month and possibly for some years after, the paper suggests, quoting 31% of Germans who answered the questionnaire believing the changeover could take as many as five years.

But one thing is certain: this issue has gripped Europe in a way no other ever has. The second most answered EC questionnaire saw only 522,000 replies - and was on the preservation of natural avian habitats - while the third, centring on the modernisation of the Common Agricultural Policy, could only muster 322,000 responses.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

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