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Civil Time


By Salvador Ribas

The standard iberian civil time, the winter time as it is generally known in Spain and Portugal, is calculated just by adding one hour to the Universal Time (UT), that is, to the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). < During the summer, because of daylight saving questions, clocks are set forward one hour, so civil time runs two hours ahead Universal Time.

According to the Directive 2000/84/CE of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19th January 2001, clocks must be set forward every last sunday in March (2 o'clock in the morning become 3 o'clock) and back every last sunday in October (3 o'clock in the morning become 2 o'clock). The Spanish Real Decreto 236/2002 of 1st March, published on BOE of 2nd March 2002, establishes this European Directive indefinitely. So, the fixed dates for clock setting for next years are: - 2013: sundays 31th March & 27th October

- 2014: sundays 30th March & 26th October

- 2015: sundays 29th March & 25th October

- 2016: sundays 27th March & 30th October

- 2017: sundays 26th March &y 29th October .

- 2018: sundays 25th March & 28th October

- 2019: sundays 31th March & 27th October

- 2020: sundays 29th March & 25th October

This Orders equally apply for Canarian Islands, where clocks always run one hour behind the ones in the Iberian Peninsula.

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