"Summer time is bad for health", but Strasbourg rejects the proposal to abolish it

A cross-party deployment called for the revision of the EU directive which requires moving the hands forward from April to October. The European Parliament rejected the proposal by asking for "an in-depth evaluation". The pros and cons of an extra hour of light a day, on which even scientists are divided

ROME - In the name of healthier lifestyles linked to the rhythms of nature, summer time goes to the dock. But the European Parliament reiterates its immovability. The request of some MEPs today to launch an "in-depth evaluation" of the community directive on summer time, guilty of making us live from the end of March to the end of October according to rhythms that would not be respectful of the circadian ones. 

The request to propose the abolition of the six-monthly change has not been passed, but it was decided to study the question, and "possibly propose an amendment" of the EU 2000 directive, which regulates the alternation between legal and solar time in the EU.

Proposing a revision of the norm was a varied coalition of MEPs, almost all of the states of the North, Central and Eastern Europe, who would effectively abolish the change of hours. "Breaking the people's internal clock twice a year brings harm to health," says the Finnish Green MEP Heidi Hautala. "Our request is based on dozens of studies." 

The scientific community, in reality, has not formulated condemnations on summer time. The forward movement of the hands was originally adopted to promote energy savings and in times of crisis, as during the Second World War or the oil shock of the seventies, it was extended well beyond October.

Decidedly in favor of the summer time also the operators of the tourist sector, for which more light in the afternoon means more time for excursions and visits outdoors. In the Northern European countries, which now stand against the change of hours, in the past it was claimed that an afternoon with less dark hours favored the return home especially of primary school children, that the Northern societies encourage to return alone. And even for adult commuters, driving with light is less dangerous.

It is established, however, that our body takes about a week to settle after jet lag caused by the change of schedule. The change in the sleep-wake cycle initiated by the disparity between solar and summer time would be the basis of insomnia, anxiety and nervousness, resulting in greater fatigue, less concentration and alertness, loss of appetite until you get in some subjects to heart problems. 

However, some researchers say the benefits of having one hour of extra sunlight a day far outweigh the contraindications. Sunlight has positive effects on mood and especially on the body's ability to produce vitamin D, which is also essential for the immune system.

MEPs who propose a revision of the EU norm have been satisfied in their request for new assessments of the pros and cons, but it seems to be denied the possibility of leaving every Member State free.
to decide as you like. The discussion on the summer time then goes back to another old litigation concerning the European Union, which has a division of time zones that not all find adequate. In practice, every topic is good for putting the centralism of the Union to the test.
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