With no time shifts, most Poles would keep summer time - survey

As many as 74.2 percent of Poles would like to stick to summer time if seasonal time changes are abandoned, a survey commissioned by the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology shows. The European Parliament recently supported scrapping the time shifts.

Even more Poles, 78.3 percent, support the European Parliament's decision, while only 14.2 percent would like to keep adjusting their clocks twice a year, according to the survey, run by the CBOS researcher.

In summer time, the afternoon is has one more hour of daylight compared to winter time.

Despite some benefits for a number of sectors, time shifts cause discomfort and are a nuisance for people, the ministry said.

The ministry wants to run another survey on this matter in April.

The European Parliament voted in favour of abolishing the spring and autumn time shifts on Tuesday.

If approved by EU member states, the last time shift in the EU will take place in 2021, but individual countries could decide to switch to a single-time system earlier, opting for winter or summer time.

Those member states that will want to keep the summer time should make the final time shift on the last Sunday of March, 2021, whereas those which prefer the winter time may change their clocks on the final Sunday of October, 2021.

The EP's vote came in the wake of a survey run by the European Commission among 4.6 million European citizens, in which 84 percent supported scrapping time shifts.

Poland will switch to summer time on Sunday, March 31. At 2:00 a.m. local time, all clocks will be moved forward one hour.

In the European Union, Daylight Saving Time begins on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October. In the EU all time zones change simultaneously.

The majority of countries outside Europe and North America do not adjust their clocks.