Jobbik party has called on parliament to approve the scrapping of the twice-yearly clock change to daylight-saving time (DST).
Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, Jobbik MP Lajos Kepli noted that his party had already submitted a proposal to parliament on scrapping daylight-saving time a year and a half ago, but the debate on it had yet to be wrapped up.
Kepli highlighted the importance of the European Parliament’s adoption of a resolution on ending daylight-saving time this past week, which means that the European Commission will now have to put together a draft legislation on the matter. He said energy conservation from daylight-saving time could no longer be proven.
At the same time, the practice affects people in a variety of negative ways and there is a real desire on the part of society to scrap it, he added.
Kepli said Hungary should be a leader on this issue and parliament should approve Jobbik’s proposal on scrapping DST before the EU passes its own law on it.
As we have reported before, the lawmaker of the party stated that abandoning the twice-yearly clock changes would improve Hungarians’ mental health and increase the nation’s productivity.[box type=”info”] In fact, Hungary is currently in the Central European Time Zone, one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1). Like most states in Europe, time is shifted forward by 1 hour; 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2) during summer. After the summer months, the clock in Hungary is turned back by 1 hour to Central European Time (CET) or (GMT+1). This is the so-called daylight saving time (DST) introduced in the 80s to spare energy. [/box]
Last but not least, a survey showed that four out of five Hungarians would cancel DST. In addition, one out of five doesn’t even know if they have to shift forward or backwards in the autumn. Clearly, half of the respondents mentioned that the main problem is the turnover of their biological balance.