Baltic, neighbouring ministers undecided on summer, winter time choice

Representatives of the transport ministries of the Baltic states, Finland and Poland who met in Tallinn on Monday were of differing opinions regarding whether to remain in summer or winter time once the practice of changing the clocks twice per year comes to an end. A recent survey indicates that more than half of Estonians would prefer permanent summer time.

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Poland jointly acknowledged that the agreement to end the practice of changing the clocks in the EU requires much more cooperation, noting that there currently isn't a sufficient majority among member states to quickly  abandon the practice, spokespeople for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications said following Monday's meeting - writes

According to the ministry, however, Monday's meeting was not aimed at agreeing on what time should be in effect from Helsinki to Warsaw.

The EU has decided to end the practice of adjusting the clocks every spring and autumn, but has currently left it up to member states themselves to decide respectively whether they would prefer to remain on summer time or winter tie. Estonia's decision has been made difficult by the fact that, despite all being located geographically in the same time zone, Finland, the country's northern neighbour, favours winter time, while the remaining Baltics would prefer to remain on summer time.

The practice of changing the clocks twice per year is to continue through spring 2021, as EU states will not be able to reach an agreement on the details of the change before then, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Centre) has previously explained.

The transport ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania traditionally meet on an annual basis. This time, however, Finland and Poland were involved in the meeting as well.

 Decision on ending switching between summer, winter time postponed

The Estonian delegation was led by Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications Kadri Simson (Centre), the Latvian delegation by State Secretary of the Ministry of Transport Kaspars Ozoliņš, and Finnish delegation by Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport and Communications Sabina Lindström. Lithuania was represented by Minister of Transport and Communications Rokas Masiulis, and Poland by Minister of Infrastructure and Construction Andrzej Adamczyk.

In addition to the changing of the clocks, the five representatives also discussed the European Commission initiative for the establishment of a military mobility facility, the road package, Brexit as well as the electrification of railroads.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania also issued Finland an official invitation to join the joint venture established for the construction of the Rail Baltica railway project.

Survey: Estonians prefer permanent summer time

According to the results of a survey commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, given the choice between permanent summer or winter time, more than half of Estonian residents surveyed prefer the former.

Altogether 55% of respondents were in favour of remaining on permanent summer time, while 28% supported permanent winter time. 2% would prefer the practice of changing the clocks twice per year to continue, while the rest did not have a definite opinion on the matter, it appears from a survey conducted by Turu-uuringute AS.

Asked for a reason for the preference, most who preferred summer time indicated that permanent summer time would mean that it would be light out for longer in the evening, which would promote various leisure activities. Those who preferred permanent winter time, meanwhile, indicated that belonging to the "correct" time zone and lighter mornings were the most popular reasons for supporting the latter.

According to the survey, the factor deemed most important was belonging to the same time zone as the other two Baltic countries as well as other countries with the same standard time, including Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Cyprus, as indicated by 63% of respondents. The next most important criterion, noted by 45% of respondents, was remaining in the same time zone as Finland.

A total of 56% of survey participants considered the issue of changing the clocks very important or rather important; this topic was rather unimportant, meanwhile, for 40% of the population.
Representatives Estonians
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
I recommend
No recommendations yet


Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Chairman of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and one of the owners of construction group Nordecon, Toomas Luman, finds that a prime ministerial candidate should first and foremost be able to answer the question of what will become of the demographic crisis in Estonia. The businessman sees controlled introduction of foreign labor as the solution. A digital construction cluster was created in Estonia a few years back to bring innovation to the s...
Last year saw 27,125 registered offenses, up 0.5 percent from the year before. Violent crime was up by 12 percent to 8,249 offenses. PHOTO: Dominic Lipinski / PA Wire / Press Association Images / Scanpix Growth was biggest for domestic violence – the police launched criminal proceedings in 3,607 cases that constitutes an increase of more than one-third – annual growth of 37 percent from 2,632 cases in 2017. At the same time, reports of domestic violence we...
TALLINN - Ahead of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, tens of thousands of British citizens have chosen the citizenship of some other country, but only one Brit has recently chosen an Estonian citizenship. Spokespeople for the Ministry of the Interior told BNS that only one British citizen submitted an application for Estonian citizenship last year and the applicant was also granted the citizenship. Before that, no Brits had soug...
TALLINN - Experts from Finland, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands highlighted the importance of decentralization and granting local governments greater decision-making powers at a conference titled "Strong local government -- strong state?" in Tallinn on Wednesday.  All Nordic countries have chosen a model granting local governments significant decision-making powers, thus the central government does not prescribe how local governments are to fulfill the...
The language learning application Drops by game developer Planb Labs, established in Estonia by Hungarian founders, was named Google Play's best app of 2018. With the number of downloads surpassing 10 million, Drops was named Google's app of the year as the revenue of Planb Labs, a company registered in Estonia, increased fivefold, CNBC said. The developer's revenue grew from €335,000 in 2017 to €1.7 million in 2018. The company's shareholders include Hung...
TALLINN - The Estonian Health Board has banned the distribution of chlorine dioxide, also marketed as the Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS), the A-component of an unused product, meaning the sodium chlorite solution, must be taken to a hazardous waste collection facility. Ester Opik, head of the Health Board's North regional department, said that the banning of the distribution of the product was caused by the fact that MMS, distributed as a cosmetics produ...
Nature cannot abide a vacancy, as the saying goes. If just one year ago, Estonia was battling the sale of MMS and the practice of giving it to children, a new “miracle cure” called Advanced TRS has appeared on the market now. Even though the make-up of the substance is different, the promise to cure autism and cleanse the body of heavy metals, which kind of extreme detox is accompanied by severe side-effects, sounds all too familiar. TRS is recommended to...
Allied NATO battalions will soon mark two years serving in the Baltics. They have worked better than expected but would need prepositioned heavy weaponry and a functional contingency plan in case of a crisis, a report by the International Center for Defense and Security (ICDS) finds. “We do not know how Russia would have acted had we not welcomed allies in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in 2017. I’m afraid they would have tested our resolve,” one of...
The time of filing income tax returns is nearly upon us. The new income tax system, in effect since last year, will obligate many women who went on maternity leave toward the end of the year to make additional income tax payments, while those who give birth in the middle or at the beginning of the year have no such obligation. What this means is that some women will owe the state simply for giving birth “at the wrong time”. Laura Roop, who went on maternit...