Many people across the world have signed petitions against Daylight Saving Time (DST).
Juncker pledged that the EU would take into consideration people’s demands as a recent survey in the EU showed that 76 percent of people who participated in the study believed that DST is “negative.”
The survey included 4.6 million participants and was conducted between July 4 and August 16.
Three million of the participants were from Germany.
In a statement to German television broadcasting company ZDF, Juncker said that he would support the abolishment of Daylight Saving Time.
Quoted by DW, Juncker said on Friday: “We carried out a survey, millions responded and believe that in future, summer time should be year-round, and that’s what will happen.”
He said, “The people want it, we’ll do it.”
According to the numerous petitions, however, not all EU citizens support summer time for the whole year.
Daylight Saving Time is also opposed in Morocco. In 2017, a group of activists launched a petition urging the government and the Parliamentary Council to abolish the biannual time change and maintain Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
The signatories deemed remaining on GMT “appropriate with the country’s geographical location throughout the year.”
A similar action erupted in Europe in recently as several member countries urged the EU to consider abolishing Daylight Saving Time.
Daylight Saving Time was first adopted during the first World War in the UK to give factories more daylight hours in which to operate, thereby aiding the war.