Seasonal clock change, switching to winter time this October 31: when will changes stop?

Published by Cécile D., Caroline J. · Photos by My B. · Published on 30 October 2021 at 12h17
Days grow shorter, nights grow longer: no doubt, we are soon changing the clocks for winter time! In the night from October 30 to 31, 2021 one wins an extra hour's sleep, so one shall wind the clock back one hour. But, were the French and European authorities not supposed to stop this change of time? Keep reading to find out more.

Tick tock, tick tock! After switching to summer time back in March , it is now time to change the clocks and switch to winter time. In concrete words, you will get one hour’s sleep more, but one hour of light less per day.

Therefore, during the night from Saturday October 30 to Sunday 31, 2021, at three in the morning, it will be two o’clock. You will have to put your clocks backward to sixty minutes. The other good news is that your smartphone and laptops will do it automatically.

This change of time can sound disturbing and raises question: in 2019, European Union deputies voted for the end of seasonal clock changes in the EU. Since then, they regularly say that every summer or winter clock change could be the last. But is it really true.

Remember, in September 2018, the European Commission proposed to halt this bi-annual change once and for all in 2021, as 84% of Europeans were for the halt of this system. The European Commission let the choice to each state member whether they want to stick to winter time or summer time. In France, summer time was asked by 59% of the surveyed. Each state member was set to give their decision before April 1, 2020. But because of the coronavirus crisis, the question is still not settled and delays the end of putting the clocks back or forward initially scheduled in 2021.

As for managing and closing the file of clock changes, all EU countries have to even their choice for a legal hour to prevent too restrictive time differences. For the 27 to agree, long talks are set to take place... All the more so some southern countries do not agree to stop seasonal clock changes.

Therefore, France will continue to switch from summer to winter time every six months in 2022 and very probably in 2023 as well.

For the record, winter time will be the official time until March 28, 2022, when summer time will return to France.

For the record, changing the clocks in France has been implemented following the 1973-1974 oil shock. The initial goal was to match working hours as well as possible with sun hours to limit the use of artificial light. It is then in 1998 that the European Union has decided to smooth dates for changing clocks between the member states.

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Starts 31 October 2021

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