In order to better assess the Commission’s proposal to discontinue the mandatory bi-annual change of the clock (“summer time”) and to receive the latest scientific evidence regarding the possible effects that this might have on different sectors, a workshop took place with 4 experts during the meeting of the Committee on Transport and Tourism on 21 January 2019. The experts presented the possible consequences and potential impacts of discontinuing seasonal changes of time on long distance travel (road haulage, rail and air), road safety, energy savings and health and well-being. The presentations and the following debate showed that while the consequences and potential impacts are rather limited or inconclusive on the first three topics, the estimated health effects can be substantial.

Watch the video of the event below (with multilingual interpretation)

PROGRAMME AND PRESENTATIONS

15:45
Long distance travel – potential impacts of discontinuing seasonal changes of time in the EU
Professor Przemysław Borkowski, Vice-Dean for Science, Chair of Transport Economics, University of Gdańsk, Poland

15:55
Possible consequences of discontinuing seasonal changes of time on road safety
Dr Kiran Sarma, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

16:05
Discontinuing seasonal changes of time – impacts on energy savings and energy markets: evidence from previous research
Andrew Jarvis, Vice President, ICF

16:15
Potential health and well-being impacts of discontinuing seasonal changes of time
Darío Acuña Castroviejo, MD, PhD, Professor of Physiology, Biomedical Research Center, University of Granada

16:25
Debate with the Members of the European Parliament


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