In March last year the European Parliament voted to back the European Commission’s proposal to abolish the twice-yearly switch between summer and winter time. However, the decision on which time zone to be in is a matter for the individual member states and they are divided on the issue.
Some of them want to keep winter time the year round, while others would prefer to keep summer time. Each member state has its own valid reason for its preference. No changes to the current system can be made until all 27 EU member state are in agreement.
In Belgium too public opinion is pretty much evenly split on whether we should keep summer time or winter time all year long. A survey carried out by the Prime Minister’s Chancellery found that the vast majority of Belgians is for scrapping the twice-year ritual of putting the clocks forward and back. However, 50% are for keeping winter time, while 45% prefer keeping summer time throughout the year.
It is up to Belgium’s Federal Government to make a decision. However, the corona crisis means that it, like the governments in other EU countries, has more pressing matters to address.