In Samoa they change the time and show the way to a European Union that has not just abandoned the time change
There is a small country in Polynesia that has had enough of changing the time. It is Samoa, whose government has decided that this year they would no longer apply the traditional time change which is still the norm in most parts of the world.
The advantages of the time change they had been the source of much criticism and debate in the island nation, and they are the same ones that have in fact made the European Union already approve the end of the time change in 2019. It is assumed that this year we would stop changing the time, but the happy pandemic arrived.
The advantages of the time change remain unclear
Those responsible for the Government of Samoa had been applying the time change for a short time: they activated it 11 years ago and it was supposed to bring advantages in several areas.
One of them was supposed to be energy savings, and although the Electric Power Corporation (EPC) data was not definitive, several of the participants in a ministry survey indicated that his energy bills had gone up because at 7 in the morning it was still night and they had to start preparing the children for school.
That feeling is what it seems to be predominant also on the European continent, where many citizens are tired of night coming too early in autumn. Yet putting into practice the decision the EU made in 2019 is proving difficult.
The European Union has not just said goodbye to the time change
The pandemic has been one of the determining factors in activating that decision, but Brexit has also been able to influence. The ball has also been passing from one roof to another: Following the vote of the European Parliament, the change had to be implemented if the change was accepted in the European Council.
However, this body passed the hot potato to the European Commission, which according to them, it should carry out a study of the impact of the measure. For the EC this is not necessary and it is the European Council that has to reach a unanimous decision first.
Although the issue seems simple, the pandemic and other issues have put the time change in the background. Brexit doesn’t help either, especially if Ireland follows the rest of the European Union and abandons the time change, which would cause two different hours to appear on the islands for much of the year.
There is also some debate in which of the hours is better, if the summer (with evenings with more light until later) or the winter. Polls are more supportive of sticking with daylight saving time, but the decision varies according to each country and that some countries stay on one schedule and others on another could end up being quite chaotic.
The truth is that this year we will keep changing the time, And it is probably not the last time we do it again. We will do it at dawn from October 30 to 31, when at 03:00 it will be 02:00 again. We will see if the issue ends up being resolved in a European Union that certainly has a more complex situation than that of Samoa.
Via | Samoa Observer