Clocks go back an hour in Estonia on Sunday

The clocks go back an hour at 34 a.m., Sunday, October 29, 2023.
The clocks go back an hour at 34 a.m., Sunday, October 29, 2023. Source: Siim Lõvi/ERR

The clocks go back one hour from 4 a.m. on Sunday, October 29, as daylight saving time ends.

Estonia and the whole union will go back one hour early on Sunday morning; the uniformity is necessary to ensure the functioning of the EU's internal market, it is argued.

While Estonia has called for ditching the practice of having daylight saving time during summer, ie. changing the clocks, this has not met widespread interest and so the issue has not yet been discussed at Council of Europe level.

Laura Laaster, spokesperson for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, told ERR that: "For better or worse, the situation is the same as last time, so the turning back of the clock will happen," adding that while the issue has been on the table at EU level in the past, currently "there are no union-wide agreements on this."

The topic is unlikely to be a priority going forward, either, she said, noting that Covid, the energy crisis and the security situation were among the issues taking precedence.

This means that this Sunday, October 29, at 4 a.m. the clocks go back one hour ie. 4 a.m. becomes 3 a.m., which at least provides for an hour extra in bed.

In 2019, the European parliament had approved a European Commission proposal to end the practice of daylight saving time, with the change to have been implemented no earlier than 2021.

At the same time, the commission found that member states had to come to a decision themselves on the matter, Elis Paemurd, spokesperson for the European Commission in Estonia, told ERR. "This means that a Member State alone cannot decide that it will not turn the clock in the future."

The matter has not moved forward since the commission made the proposal, however, Paemurd added.


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