Once again we change the clocks this weekend. At 3 a.m. on Sunday, we need to put the clocks back an hour for five months to standard time (winter time). It is likely to be the last time that we will be able to have an extra hour in bed.
Daylight saving time (summer time) and standard time were adopted in Belgium in 1977. Back then, the pioneers set out their reasoning as an energy-saving measure; we were thus able to make the most of daylight for longer. Opponents to the move lamented the impact of such a time-lag on our biorhythms.
The transition to standard time this Sunday could well be the last. The European Commission hopes that the final time change will take place on Sunday March 31st, 2019. By April, each member state must indicate to the Commission whether it is opting permanently for daylight saving time or standard time.
Belgium is favouring removal of changing the clocks. An online consultation is due to take place. In any case, Belgium has committed to adopting the same time as the Netherlands and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.