EU citizens back plan to end twice-yearly clock changes

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Friday, 31st August 2018, 12:20 pm
Updated Friday, 31st August 2018, 1:26 pm
EU citizens are in favour of abandoning the changeovers

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is backing calls to ditch the twice-yearly changes to the time following a citizens' consultation.

Mr Juncker told the German ZDF network on Friday that "the people want that, and we will make it happen".

Reports over the past few days have indicated that an EU-wide poll had shown citizens are in favour of abandoning the changeovers in spring and autumn.

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Mr Juncker confirmed the outcome of the poll without giving specifics and said it would make no sense to disregard people's wishes.

The European Parliament and the EU Council of ministers will still need to approve the changes.