Skopje, 27 October 2018 (MIA) – The Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday (October 28), with the clock adjusting one hour backward, i.e. from 03:00h to 02:00h, Bureau of Metrology informs.
As Macedonians dial clocks an hour back, the country is launching a process to adopt a proposed bill of the EU on scraping daylight saving time. Macedonia should align its national legislation and define the manner in which the EU directive will be transposed.
In September, the European Commission decided to scrap the twice-yearly seasonal clock change across the bloc from October 2019, leaving member states to decide by April whether they will stick permanently to summer or winter time.
The move came after complaints about the negative consequences of clock change in an array of spheres, including public health, agriculture, traffic safety, etc. An opinion poll showed that 84 percent, 4.6 million Europeans, don’t want to change their clocks.
Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Finland have already said they will abolish daylight saving time.
Western European countries introduced daylight saving time in 1970 saying it prolonged daylight, helped save power consumption, increased productivity, etc. It was also used during the world wars as a way to save energy.
Macedonia introduced seasonal time switches in 1996. sk/ba/11:00