The Lithuanian government announced on Wednesday that is initiating EU-level discussions on the summer time directive.
© DELFI / Andrius Ufartas

Lithuanian politicians have considered the possibility of abandoning the so-called daylight saving time (DST) for years, but this time they expect a breakthrough because other countries, such as Poland or Finland, have also begun to raise the issue of the twice-yearly clock shift.

"We can't guarantee that this time shift will stop next year, but we are initiating a discussion in the European Union," Deividas Matulionis, foreign policy adviser to Lithuania's prime minister, told reporters.

According to the adviser, Lithuanian officials want to find out what opinions EU member states have about the matter and they also intend to raise the question of whether the directive imposes an obligation to switch between summer and winter time.

"Someone must take the initiative. Why not us?", he said

Critics of the practice of setting clocks forward 1 hour on the last Sunday in March and back 1 hour on the last Sunday in October say that the time shift can cause sleep and mental disorders and other health problems.

However, the Lithuanian Institute of Hygiene says in a report to the government that there is no scientific evidence at the moment that the time shift is harmful to health

Lithuania's earlier governments also considered negotiating with the European Commission on scrapping the twice-yearly practice, but they never took further steps.

A poll conducted by Vilmorus last April shortly after the switch to DST found that almost 80 percent of Lithuanians did not approve of the practice.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Įvertink šį straipnį
Norėdami tobulėti, suteikiame jums galimybę įvertinti skaitomą DELFI turinį.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(0 žmonių įvertino)
0
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Lithuania recognizes and supports Guaidó as the Venezuelan interim President

Lithuania, along with other member states of the European Union, recognizes and supports Juan Guaidó...

D. Grybauskaitė after meeting P. Poroshenko: Western attention to Ukraine is waning

During the Davos World Forum, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė held bilateral talks with...

Agreement signed with Vietnam on illegal migration

During an official visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Minister of Interior Eimutis Misiūnas...

L. Linkevičius: disinformation is a serious challenge to Western unity

On Monday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius participated in an EU Foreign Affairs...

Georgian prime minister visiting Lithuania

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze is arriving in Lithuania for an official visit. Discussions...