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EU Daylight Saving Time (DST) Rules

European clock change dates

2020 DST started in Europe on 29 March

EU Summer Time (Daylight Saving Time) Rule (as currently observed)

  • Start: Last Sunday in March
  • End: Last Sunday in October
  • Time: 1.00 am (01:00) GMT - clocks go forward one hour
  • NB In the United Kingdom Summer Time is referred to as British Summer Time or BST.

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Europe - Standard Time Zones

Most European countries follow EU directives for time-keeping.

There are three different time zones across the EU:

Western Europe Time (Standard Time = GMT)

United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal

Central Europe Time (Standard Time = GMT+1)

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden

Non-EU: Norway, Switzerland

Eastern Europe Time (Standard Time = GMT + 2)

Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania

Non-EU: Moldova, Ukraine

Latest on proposal to stop clock changes in the EU

The European Union and its member states are currently reviewing the clock change regime, following a proposal by the European Commission.

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