The Czech government on Monday, September 13 approved Regulation on the introduction of summer time in the years 2022 to 2026. The proposal was submitted by the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Jana Maláčová stating that it incorporates the relevant regulations of the European Union.
The main reason why we will continue to have to move the hands of the watch back and forth is the fact that the directive has not been repealed 2000/84 / ES of 2001. Therefore, it was necessary to set a new government regulation to set specific dates for the introduction of summer time and its termination in individual calendar years in the following five-year period.
Daylight saving time in the years 2022 to 2026
When switching to daylight saving time, at 2 o’clock in Central European Time, the clock will be shifted to the third hour of summer time on the last Sunday in March, specifically on the following days:
- in 2022 on 27 March,
- in 2023 on 26 March,
- in 2024 on 31 March,
- in 2025 on 30 March,
- in 2026 on March 29.
Back to the original Central European time according to government regulation we will return, as before, the last Sunday in October. On these days, at 3:00 PM, the clock will move to the second hour of Central European Time:
- in 2022 on 30 October,
- in 2023 on 29 October,
- in 2024 on 27 October,
- in 2025 on 26 October,
- in 2026 on October 25.
The end of summer time in sight
On 4 July 2018, the European Commission launched an online survey in which EU citizens were able to comment on the issue of alternating summer and Central European time. By the deadline of 16 August 2018, it had received 4.6 million valid responses, indicating that Most respondents – specifically 84% – are constantly disturbed by the constant movement of the hands back and forth.
Following the announcement of the results in an interview with the German television ZDF, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker stated that the commission would decide and submit a proposal to cancel the change of time. The main and all-year time in Europe was to remain summer. Everything indicated that politicians would listen to the voice of the people.
The European Commission subsequently did legislative proposal to abolish time rotation and it seemed that in March 2019 we would be obliged to move the hands of the watch for the last time. Unfortunately, this has not happened, and as it looks now, it will not happen in the foreseeable future.
It would not be politics not to do something wrong. At first, controversies began over which time to actually keep. Some countries agreed to the summer one, others insisted on the Central European one, but above all the European Union wanted a unified time. In the end, the Member States disagreed. The following year came the covid-19 pandemic and solved the issue.
The next deadline was set for this year, specifically on March 28, when the last time to switch to summer time. Unfortunately, the available documents show that since December 2019 negotiations on this issue do not continue and it is not even certain if and when they will continue.