The European commission wants countries to decide for themselves whether they want to stick on Central or Eastern European time all year round.
Belgian premier Charles Michel is eager to involve the populations of Germany, France and Italy in the same consultation. Mr Michel couldn't predict whether Belgians would opt for Berlin or Helsinki time: "Our priority is a joint Benelux decision and to include neighbouring countries”.
Experts will now examine how the peoples of the Benelux can be consulted on this issue. Mr Michel has already called for common sense to prevail.