Latvia wants out of daylight savings time

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Latvia backs ending the seasonal transition to Daylight Saving Time (DST) and prefers to remain in summer time permanently, according to the Economics Ministry’s report that ministers heard at the closed part of the Cabinet meeting February 19.

The ministry noted, however, that the switching to DST will continue until the European Commission takes the final decision on the issue.

This year, Latvia will switch to DST, or summer time, on March 31.

The ministry’s representatives indicated that last year it was proposed to scrap the seasonal time change in Europe. The European Commission therefore carried out an EU-wide survey, in which most respondents said that the current system should be abolished. On September 12, 2018, the European Commission proposed a new draft directive to end the seasonal time change across the EU as of 2019.

The Economics Ministry said that discussions on the proposal were still ongoing and that the switching to DST was more likely to end in 2021.

Latvia generally supports the scrapping of the seasonal time change and after the adoption of the new directive is ready to switch to summer time (GMT+3) and stay there permanently.

It is also important to Latvia to reach an agreement with the two other Baltic states on staying in one time zone, which will be set as standard time after the abolition of the DST system.

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