European Union Law
Current as of March 2002.
of the European Parliament and of the
of 19 January 2001
on summer-time arrangements
(Official Journal L 031 , 02/02/2001 P. 0021 -
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THE
Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European
Community, and in particular Article 95 thereof,
Having regard to the
proposal from the Commission(1),
Having regard to the opinion of the
Economic and Social Committee(2),
Acting in accordance with the
procedure laid down in Article 251 of the Treaty(3),
The eighth Directive, 97/44/EC, of the European Parliament and of the
Council of 22 July 1997 on summer-time arrangements(4) introduced a common
date and time in all Member States, for the beginning and end of summer
time in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.
(2) Given that the Member States
apply summer-time arrangements, it is important for the functioning of the
internal market that a common date and time for the beginning and end of
the summer-time period be fixed throughout the Community.
(3) Since the
summer-time period considered most appropriate by the Member States runs
from the end of March to the end of October, it is appropriate that that
period therefore be maintained.
(4) The proper functioning of certain
sectors, not only transport and communications, but also other sectors of
industry, requires stable, long-term planning. Provisions concerning
summer time should therefore be laid down for an unspecified period.
Article 4 of Directive 97/44/EC provides, in that respect, that the
European Parliament and the Council are to adopt, by 1 January 2001, the
arrangements to apply from 2002 onwards.
(5) For reasons of clarity and
accuracy of information, a timetable for the implementation of the
summer-time period for the following five years should be published every
(6) Implementation of this Directive should, moreover, be
monitored by means of a report, to be presented by the Commission to the
European Parliament, the Council and the Economic and Social Committee, on
the impact of these provisions in all of the areas concerned. That report
should be based on the information made available to the Commission by the
Member States in sufficient time to enable the report to be presented at
the specified time.
(7) Given that the complete harmonisation of the
timetable for the summer-time period with a view to facilitating transport
and communications cannot be sufficiently achieved by the Member States
and can therefore be better achieved at Community level, the Community may
take measures, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity as set out
in Article 5 of the Treaty. This Directive does not go beyond what is
necessary to achieve those objectives.
(8) For geographical reasons,
the common summer-time arrangements should not apply to the overseas
territories of the Member States,
HAVE ADOPTED THIS DIRECTIVE:
the purposes of this Directive "summer-time period" shall mean the period
of the year during which clocks are put forward by 60 minutes compared
with the rest of the year.
From 2002 onwards, the
summer-time period shall begin, in every Member State, at 1.00 a.m.,
Greenwich Mean Time, on the last Sunday in March.
2002 onwards, the summer-time period shall end, in every Member State, at
1.00 a.m., Greenwich Mean Time, on the last Sunday in
The Commission shall publish a communication
in the Official Journal of the European Communities(5), for the first time
on the occasion of the publication of this Directive, and every five years
thereafter, containing the timetable showing the dates on which the
summer-time period will begin and end for the following five
The Commission shall report to the European
Parliament, the Council and the Economic and Social Committee on the
impact of the provisions of this Directive on the sectors concerned by 31
December 2007 at the latest.
That report shall be drawn up on the basis
of the information made available to the Commission by each Member State
by 30 April 2007 at the latest.
The Commission shall, if necessary and
following the conclusions of the report, make appropriate
This Directive shall not apply to the
overseas territories of the Member States.
States shall bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative
provisions necessary to comply with this Directive by 31 December 2001 at
the latest. They shall forthwith inform the Commission thereof.
Member States adopt those measures, they shall contain a reference to this
Directive or be accompanied by such a reference on the occasion of their
official publication. Member States shall determine how such reference is
to be made.
This Directive shall enter into force on
the day of its publication in the Official Journal of the European
This Directive is addressed to the Member
Done at Brussels, 19 January 2001.
(1) OJ C 337,
28.11.2000, p. 136.
(2) Opinion delivered on 29 November 2000 (not yet
published in the Official Journal).
(3) Opinion of the European
Parliament of 12 December 2000 (not yet published in the Official Journal)
and Council Decision of 20 December 2000.
(4) OJ L 206, 1.8.1997, p.
(5) OJ C 35, 2.2.2001.