Summer Time in the Czech Republic and throughout most of Europe, like Daylight Saving Time in the United States and other countries worldwide, refers to the practice of setting clocks forward an hour every spring and reversing the process each autumn.
It’s intended to make more efficient use of the daylight hours and save electricity during the summer months, but the practice has been called into question numerous time over the years and has a shaky history, especially in Europe. Some physicians argue the psychological effects of adjusting to Summer Time, especially on the elderly and children, far outweigh any savings in electricity.
Summer Time was first introduced after WWI in Europe and abandoned shortly after, and re-introduced following WWII. Since 1981, nine different directives by the European Community have dictated the different times of the year Summer Time will take place.
But not all European countries currently observe Summer Time: Belarus, Russia, and Turkey have all abandoned the practice in recent years, and Iceland had never used it; given the country’s latitude and swings in daylight hours, time changes would have had little effect.
Increasing globalization and advancements in technology have led many to question the current usefulness of Summer Time in Europe; last year, Finland, Lithuania, Poland, and Sweden all voted to abolish the process.
Today, reports iDnes.cz, Czech Members of Parliament have also voiced their support for an end to Summer Time in Europe.
384 Czech MPs voted in favor of ending Summer Time today, with 153 votes in opposition and 12 abstentions.
Czech support of an end to Summer Time has been sent to the European Commission, where the issue is currently under review and a decision is expected at some point this year. The Czech government is unlikely to end Summer Time on its own without EC support.
The goal is to unify the practice throughout all European states, but a law currently making its way through Polish parliament would end Summer Time in the country as soon as this October.
Unless the European Commission decides otherwise, here’s when Summer Time in the Czech Republic and elsewhere in Europe will commence over the next four years:
2018: start March 25, end October 28
2019: start March 31, end October 27
2020: start March 29, end October 25
2021: start March 28, end October 31