On Tuesday, August 14, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the official position of Latvia on the transition to summer time. But Latvia shall adhere to the common position of the European Union. Therefore, the final decision should be taken by the European Commission (EC).
Over the past year in Europe, actively discuss the need for translation of watches. The European Commission is studying the opinion of Europeans whether it is worthwhile to switch to summer and winter time.
Latvia supports a unified position on the daylight-saving. Therefore, if the countries of the European Union agree, the basis will be taken during the summer time. Such a decision will be optimal for Latvia, considering its geographical features and positive impact on the economy and health of residents.
At the same time, Latvia does not support the position that each state should decide independently whether to apply the daylight saving or not. In such a situation, confusion can arise: each state, for example, can choose its own date for the start to use summer and winter time. As a result – a negative impact on logistics, communications and transport, etc., and the administrative burden will also increase.
In addition, there may be a situation where Latvia will be in different time zones with other Baltic countries or Scandinavia, and the hourly difference between neighboring European countries will be increased.
Latvia believes that the European Commission should conduct large-scale research before the decision is made to apply this daylight saving.
It should be mentioned that before August 16, every resident of the European Union can express their opinion about the saving of the daylight – here.
Daylight saving time is carried out in the spring by transferring the clock hands one hour forward, the reverse transition takes place in the autumn, by transferring the clock hands to one hour back. In most EU countries, it was introduced in the 60-70s of the 20th century.