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3 January 2001
LATVIA TO INSTITUTE DAYLIGHT-SAVING TIME THIS YEAR


The Latvian government on 2 January decided that the country will institute daylight-saving time this spring, LETA reported. Last February the three Baltic states decided not to turn back their clocks one hour in the spring and thus had the same time as Germany and Spain when these countries changed to daylight-saving time. Minister of Economy Aigars Kalvitis noted that Latvia had too few daylight hours and thus decided to comply with a draft European Commission directive that provides for instituting daylight-saving time in EU countries between 2002 and 2006. The Latvian government urged Lithuania and Estonia to adopt a similar time policy, but it appears that they will not do so and will join Iceland as the only countries in Europe not shifting to daylight-saving time. SG

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