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Daylight Saving Time Continues in Spain Amid EU Clock Change Debate

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Daylight saving time is set to begin in Spain this Easter weekend, with clocks moving forward one hour on Sunday from 2.00 am to 3.00 am. This adjustment is part of a long-standing practice that is also scheduled to revert in late October. However, the transition is taking place against the backdrop of a broader debate within the European Union, which commenced in 2018 over whether to continue the practice of changing the clocks twice a year.

The European Commission proposed halting the bi-annual time changes following a 2018 consultation, where over 80% of participants expressed a desire to end the practice. However, disagreement among EU member states and issues like the Covid pandemic have delayed any concrete action.

The European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee opted to delay any changes in 2023 to provide countries with more time to decide on adhering to summer or winter time, effectively ensuring that the current practice will continue until at least 2026.

In Spain, the conversation regarding a potential shift in time zones has been ongoing. In 2018, a specially formed commission concluded not to rush any changes until there was substantial consensus, marking a continuation of Spain’s adherence to Central European Time, a standard initially adopted in 1941 to align with Nazi Germany. While neighboring Portugal and the Canary Islands operate on GMT, Spain remains aligned with much of continental Europe.

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