Last year saw Turkey move to daylight saving time on March 27, 2016, at 3:00 a.m. local time, moving clocks forward one hour, and has not resumed standard Turkish time since. “I abolished the winter-summer time difference,” the prime minister, Binali Yıldırım, said in a speech to provincial governors. “There will be no confusion now. The hours will be the same in winter and summer. You will change, not the hours.” Recent reports from the Turkish government stipulate they intend to continue with daylight saving time this year, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on the 28th September “As the government, we favour continuing daylight saving time as it is,” Bozdağ told reporters.
The Council of State, Turkey’s highest administrative court, on the 27th September ordered a stay of the cabinet decision to make daylight saving time last for the entire year. Bozdağ also said the government is likely to make legislative changes to continue with the year-round daylight saving. “Necessary steps are to be taken in the upcoming days. Legislative changes are likely to be made regarding the matter through a statutory decree before the due date,” he added.
The decision caused one parent to appeal to court that children had to go to school before sunrise as the daylight saving time was being used in winters. The Council of State backed the parent’s arguments and ruled for a stay of execution of the permanent summertime practice. Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak also commented on this by confirming they will “continue keeping summer time all year long. “We will continue in the same direction regarding the daylight saving time. We will continue after making the necessary regulations,”
Albayrak said on the 28th September at the Energy Efficiency Award Ceremony organized by the Istanbul Chamber of Industry, adding that the Council of State ruling is “a technical issue.” He also went on to say “The daylight saving time made a major contribution to Turkey regarding productivity. We recently received reports on the figures [of productivity]. We asked for an economic numeral analysis. We had already made studies on the issue as the ministry, but we wanted a third party to analyze it,” Albayrak said, adding that the analysis was carried out by Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ).
“We carried out a study with İTÜ, which is among the best universities in Turkey, and for some, the best one in technical fields, and saw that the daylight saving time created a positive impact,” he said. He also added that savings worth around 540 million Turkish Liras were made due to the summertime practice.
As Turkey will not turn their clocks back on the 30th October when Turkish summertime ends, this decision means Turkey will be three hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) in winter as well as summer and two hours ahead of continental Europe in winter. It proved successful last year and the majority of Turkish locals prefer the daylight saving hours taking advantage of the lighter evenings.