Tick-Tock Europe: Championing for the right to time!  MEPs and MEPs candidates from all over Europe endorse the EU Manifesto for time policies

  • The Time Use Initiative has launched its EU Manifesto on Time Policies, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at championing the Right to Time for all European citizens.
  • The EU Manifesto on Time Policies, Tick-Tock Europe, advocates for 12 key changes that can be implemented by the EU from 2024 onwards to safeguard the right to time. Our objective is to elevate this position paper in the EU agenda, especially in the lead-up to the 2024 European Parliament elections on June 9.
  • Among the main Manifesto proposals: ending DST-seasonal clock change in Europe by 2026 and implementation of an EU-wide pilot on work-time reduction.
  • Already, 22 MEPs and MEPs candidates (and counting) from the main EP European parties have endorsed the Manifesto with their commitment to prioritizing time policies in the EU political agenda.

As we gear up for the 2024 European Elections, we persist in inviting European parties to endorse our manifesto and join us in our mission. Endorsing the Manifesto for civic society means betting for a more equal, efficient, sustainable and healthier Europe. 

The Right to Time for all Europeans

Time is a growingly scarce and unequal resource. 20% of European citizens, rising to 34% among women with children, are experiencing time poverty; they do not have a literal minute for themselves after completing their necessary activities of work, sleep, and care. This disturbing sensation of constant pressure under time can be felt by everyone.

The consequences of time poverty and time inequality are far-reaching, affecting both individual well-being and social cohesion. Countless studies highlight the adverse impact of time poverty on mental and physical health, ranging from heightened risks of depression and obesity to anxiety and cardiovascular diseases. It corrodes the very fabric of our society, diminishing democratic participation and limiting social interactions with loved ones. It also hampers economic growth, as workers trapped in time-poor environments struggle to strike a healthy work-life balance, ultimately diminishing productivity. As a case in point, it is calculated that structural sleep deprivation leads to estimated losses in national GDP of 1% to 2%.

Read the full Manifesto here

If you are a MEP or MEP candidate, you can endorse the Manifesto here

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