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End Of Hungaro-Pessimism? – The Times They Are Changing In The Hungarian Parliament

Robert Velkey 2016.11.16.

On the 15th of April 2016, radical nationalist Jobbik party, has submitted a proposal for the Hungarian Parliament to introduce summer time (in fact Eastern European time) in the country. Jobbik MP Lajos Kepli argues that using “summer time” during the whole year in Hungary would be much more cost-effective than the current system and it would also improve the Hungarians’ mental health.

Although Lajos Fónagy, State Secretary in charge for energy policy, rejected the idea that time, but the National Assembly’s Committee of Economic Affairs advocated the proposal, yesterday. János Bencsik representative of the ruling Fidesz party said; “I accepted János Kepli’s reasoning on the topic of the “daylight saving time transition questions” and I agree with the idea. I will suggest to my right honorable friends to vote yes.” By the way, the committee’s all members voted yes on the proposal according

A Hungarian research represents that, the 80% of the society would agree to use “summer time” during the whole year in Hungary. In addition, a research on writes about daylight saving time transitions and the incidence rate of unipolar depression episodes: Daylight savings time transitions affect approximately 1.6 billion people worldwide. Prior studies have documented associations between daylight savings time transitions and adverse health outcomes, but it remains unknown whether they also cause an increase in the incidence rate of depressive episodes. This seems likely because daylight savings time transitions affect circadian rhythms, which are implicated in the etiology of depressive disorder. Therefore, we investigated the effects of daylight savings time transitions on the incidence rate of unipolar depressive episodes.


This study shows that the transition from summer time to standard time was associated with an increase in the incidence rate of unipolar depressive episodes. Distress associated with the sudden advancement of sunset, marking the coming of a long period of short days, may explain this finding.

There will be a vote next week on the time changing proposed amendment in the Hungarian Parliament.