EU citizens back plan to end twice-yearly clock changes

EU citizens are in favour of abandoning the changeovers
EU citizens are in favour of abandoning the changeovers

It could be summer time all year long for countries in the European Union.

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is backing calls to ditch the twice-yearly changes to the time following a citizens' consultation.

Mr Juncker told the German ZDF network on Friday that "the people want that, and we will make it happen".

Reports over the past few days have indicated that an EU-wide poll had shown citizens are in favour of abandoning the changeovers in spring and autumn.

Mr Juncker confirmed the outcome of the poll without giving specifics and said it would make no sense to disregard people's wishes.

The European Parliament and the EU Council of ministers will still need to approve the changes.