By changing the time in the fall, we return to normal time. It is by moving the watches forward by one hour in June that we switch to summer time, recalls the Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).

The Swiss base time, introduced in 1981, is that of Central Europe. It makes it possible to match watches from neighboring states, above all for “economic reasons”, writes METAS in a press release.

Otherwise, the Confederation would be a “time island”, and the consequences would be read in many areas such as commercial transactions, transport, tourism and communication.

Controversies have however animated the European political scene for several years. At the heart of the discussions, the European Parliament resolved to abolish the time change in March 2019.

The year 2021 was to mark the end of clock setting, and leave to each country its preference. But against the backdrop of a pandemic, no decision has really been taken.

On the Swiss side, it is the text “Yes to the abolition of the time change” – carried in particular by the Lucerne national councilor UDC Yvette Estermann – which failed to collect a sufficient number of signatures last year. The initiative committee then withdrew the project, launched in 2019. A similar parliamentary initiative had already been rejected in 2010.

The current regulations therefore remain in force, until further notice. The Confederation continues to follow the development of the situation in neighboring countries, and “will carefully study the relevance” of an adaptation of the official time, writes the Federal Institute of Metrology. The latter confirms it: summer time will creep into watches again next spring, on Sunday March 27, 2022.

Archive of the day – On March 29, 1981, Switzerland switched to summer time for the first time