Government platform 2001
Growth, welfare – renewal
Danish society needs renewal.
need to think along new lines. The solutions of the preceding century
cannot be used to tackle the challenges of the future. We must put
individuals before systems. We must have the courage and ability to commit
ourselves to achieving visible, measurable results.
must safeguard, strengthen and increase our welfare. We must create new
growth and dynamics in society for the benefit of all citizens. It must be
worthwhile for people to have a job. There must be more room for efforts
to help those who are most vulnerable. There must be room for everyone.
new Liberal-Conservative Government has trust in individual citizens. We
will respect the free choice of individuals and make sure that all Danish
citizens will be given greater rights to make decisions concerning their
own lives – while still being accountable to the community and for the
most vulnerable groups in society.
Government will give each individual Danish citizen the right to choose
between public and private solutions.
Government will strengthen hospitals, care for the elderly and assistance
to the weakest members of our society.
welfare society is under great pressure at present. This calls for
increased growth in society. It is also necessary to ensure that everybody
who is able to work gets a job. These are two very important challenges
that the new Liberal-Conservative Government will solve through better
conditions for the business community and through ensuring better
integration of immigrants.
pay the highest taxes in the world. The Government will freeze taxes from
the beginning. This tax freeze bodes for new times. The goal is to reduce
the tax on work. The Government will work to find the means to fund this
initiative. First we will introduce a tax freeze – then lower tax on
is an open and wealthy country. We must continue to stay that way.
However, we must have the courage to question conventional solutions,
structures and organisations. We live in a new century, a new millennium.
Only through development and reform can we strengthen and maintain the
current high standards in Danish society.
Liberal-Conservative Government will have the courage to guarantee that
the solutions of the past do not become a reason for complacency in the
the Government will immediately carry out a thorough restructuring of
ministries to ensure that innovation will not be curbed by old systems.
this reason, the two Government parties present a comprehensive platform
for the new Government.
new Government will invite and motivate everyone to take part in the work
to create growth, welfare and renewal in Danish society.
Government will set new goals for Denmark’s development in the
twenty-first century. We will carry out reforms that provide greater scope
for private enterprise. The enterprise of individuals is and should be the
driving force behind the development of our society. To maintain and
develop our welfare society, our economy must be sound, which can only be
ensured by providing the best possible framework for private initiative.
increasing internationalisation of economy, culture and communications
will present us with new challenges in the years to come. The Government
will carry out economic and social reforms that will enable Denmark to
meet such challenges. We need reforms that will boost the competitiveness
of Danish companies, bring about more flexible structures and make it
easier for the business community, the public sector and the labour market
to adapt to new situations, and we need reforms that will modernise and
develop our infrastructure, stimulate private enterprise, promote a
culture of individual initiative, and generally reward those who go the
Government will implement an IT action plan whose aim is to turn Denmark
into a network society in which families, companies and institutions have
access to the Internet. It is crucial that everybody has an opportunity to
learn how to use information technology and to do so with confidence. An
important element in the action plan will therefore be to increase efforts
in the field of education and training so that all citizens will be able
to learn to use the new technology. We will issue an action plan entitled
‘IT for everybody’ concerning these initiatives.
and development must go hand in hand with safety and social security. The
Government will formulate new goals for development in our welfare society
of the future. The principle governing our welfare society must be that
resourceful people help less resourceful people who are unable to manage
on their own. We will strengthen efforts to help the most vulnerable
groups in society through our reform programme entitled ‘Our common
responsibility’. This programme focuses on additional services to be
provided by public authorities as well as on increased involvement of NGOs
in social work, the objective being to enhance the quality of life of the
most vulnerable groups in society.
future, our common responsibility for a number of welfare services must be
combined with the personal freedom to choose between various options. The
Government will implement a range of reforms under the heading of
‘Welfare and Free Choice’, allowing citizens to choose between various
public and private solutions in a number of service areas.
Government will take an active stance in its environmental policy so as to
ensure that future generations will have a clean environment. Denmark must
be at the forefront as regards pollution reduction. We wish to achieve
these ambitious environmental goals in the most cost-efficient way. Danish
environmental policy must be pursued on the background of realistic
international cooperation to reduce pollution in areas where the benefits
of our initiatives are optimal.
order to make our environmental efforts more efficient and effective, we
will establish an independent Institute of Environmental Appraisal. The
job of this institute will be to create an overview of current and
long-term environmental factors, to assess the effectiveness of various
environmental initiatives, and to communicate information to the general
The Government will pursue an active and engaged policy concerning Europe, security and development aid. We want toinfluence the surrounding world, which will in any event have an impact on us. Many issues can only be solved through common efforts and even closer international cooperation. The world has become smaller and it constantly presents us with new challenges. The tragic events of 11 September 2001 are only the latest and most dramatic example of this fact.
Europe we are part of the ongoing process of developing European
cooperation, shaping it into a form that became possible as a result of
the dramatic changes that took place in the late 1980s and the 1990s. The
goal is to create a unified, undivided Europe. Consequently the
enlargement of the European Union and the enlargement of NATO are very
these years. Denmark must spearhead and
encourage the enlargement process. It is a question of security and
stability. It is also a question of economic wealth and welfare. Not only
for the countries in Central and Eastern Europe but also for Denmark.
enlargement of the EU and NATO takes place in a world that is constantly
changing in many respects. Denmark’s relations with the United States
this respect extremely important. We must also contribute to
ensuring that Russia finds its rightful place in the new order,
in relation to NATO. Finally Denmark must continue to be
a world leader in terms of development aid to other parts of the world and
in terms of the promotion of human rights and democracy.
will be facing several major challenges in the years to come as regards
our policy on European relations.
most important task
in that connection will be our EU presidency in the second half of
2002. For a period of six months Denmark will be at the head of the
European Union. We
must ensure even closer and better cooperation towards our goals.
We must find common solutions to the issues discussed. And we
must represent the European Union in the rest of the world. The Government
will attach top priority to this work.
issue during the Danish presidency will be the enlargement of the European
Union. It will be our goal to conclude negotiations with up to ten new
member states. That will be no easy task. Both applicant countries and
existing members states must be willing to compromise. The Government will
do its utmost to ensure that this historical project will succeed in
Copenhagen in December 2002.
areas will also be important during the Danish presidency. We must
joint efforts to combat terrorism. We must initiate negotiations
concerning CAP reforms. We must formulate a new fisheries policy. We must
develop the single market, not least with respect to financial services.
We must finish the work already started in relation to tax reform. We must
improve food safety and consumer policy. We must add new elements to EU
environmental policy. And we must continue the reform of the EU
an international perspective, the key events will be the World Summit on
Sustainable Development in South Africa and the meeting with Asian
countries in Copenhagen. The Government will work to establish a fruitful
partnership to the benefit of all parties involved, thus reinforcing the
world alliance created after the events on 11 September 2001. We will also
contribute to further development of relations with countries and groups
of countries outside the European Union. Transatlantic relations are
particularly important. In the field of common foreign and security
policy, we will work to ensure maximum unity in the EU’s position in
relation to the rest of the world, including the Middle East and the
look forward to working with the European Parliament, the European
Commission and the other EU member states on these issues. In compliance
with standard practice, the Government will present its programme at the
start of the Danish presidency.
Another important issue in the years to come will be debate on Europe’s future and the intergovernmental conference in 2004. The debate presents a dual challenge: to ensure that the EU will have the instruments needed to carry out common tasks, and to ensure further development of the Community acquis and the EU institutions in a direction that is in line with citizens’ wishes.
a stronger but slimmer European Union. The European Union must be better
at carrying out truly transnational tasks and at doing so more
efficiently, for example in the fields of common foreign and security
policy, policies on refugees, the combat of international crime,
international financial and economic issues, the single market and the
European Union must also be better at letting individual member states
tackle issues which are best tackled at the national level. The European
Union should only formulate detailed regulations in areas where they are
absolutely necessary. Consequently we need to clarify competencies in the
European Unions. The preparation of a catalogue of competencies may be one
way to achieve
also want increased clarity as regards the Community acquis.
The EU must be based on the values and fundamental rights shared by the
member states. The treaties on which EU cooperation is based must be
simplified and better organised with a view to ensuring ease of overview
and understanding. In addition, there must be maximum openness about the
work of the EU – not least as far as legislation is concerned.
to strengthen democracy in the European Union. The European Parliament has
a key role in this respect. The potential for increased involvement of
national parliaments should be investigated, for example in matters relating to the principle of subsidiarity.
We would like increased use of majority decisions in the Council.
The Commission should maintain its right of initiative, and the Community
method should be maintained as well.
are well aware of the fact the developments in the areas covered by the
Danish opt-outs are progressing
We will monitor these developments closely. It is the opinion of the
Government that the Danish opt-outs are contrary to Denmark’s best
interests. We also think it is extremely important that Danish EU policy
in these areas is supported by the Danish population. If Denmark is to opt
in, we must do so on the basis of a new referendum.
security policy is firmly rooted in Denmark’s membership of NATO and the
European Union. The Government will work actively in both organisations
and will prioritise increased cooperation between them. We think it is
important that the UN, particularly the Security Council, plays a key role
in the solution of conflicts in the world. Consequently the process of reforming
the UN and the UN’s role in the fight against terrorism must continue
and should be strengthened.
is the key
forum for security cooperation between Europe and the United States.
This cooperation is based on a principle of solidarity and commitment, and
NATO is therefore also a forum for peace and security in our part of the
world. We will work to ensure that NATO continues security policy
integration in Europe, partly through an ambitious decision on enlargement
at the NATO summit in Prague in November 2002, where the three Baltic
States will be invited to become members of NATO, partly through the
establishment of a true security policy partnership between NATO and
Russia. We will thus prioritise continued development of mutually
committing cooperation between the countries around the Baltic Sea both
bilaterally and within the framework of European and transatlantic
structures of cooperation.
relations between Europe and the United States are based on shared values
and shared interests, and it is important to maintain and develop them. It
is the opinion of the Government that reinforced cooperation between NATO
and the European Union will contribute to ensuring continuous US security
commitment in Europe. This may require increased and logical division of
work between NATO and the European Union in matters relating to crisis management
Special national interests in the EU or NATO must not curb such a process,
and could make it difficult for Denmark to contribute fully to European
think it is important that Denmark contributes considerably to
international crisis management and peacekeeping operations such as those carried out by NATO in the
Balkans and to missions carried out under the auspices of the
United Nations or the OSCE. Denmark must recognise its responsibility and
keep a high profile in such efforts.
will show complete solidarity in the fight against international terrorism
and will be willing to make a real contribution, including a military
contribution. We will also contribute to increased efforts to prevent the
proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Government will support negotiations between the USA and Russia concerning
a new framework for international peace and strategic stability, which
will imply a considerable reduction of the number of nuclear warheads. We
will consider US plans concerning missile defence and possible use of the
Thule radar in this context and will regularly involve the Greenland Home
Rule Government in discussions of this issue.
the next 25 years the world’s population will grow by two billion
people, mainly in developing countries. This presents a major challenge,
which – combined with the goal of reducing the proportion of the
world’s population living in extreme poverty by 50% by 2015 as set out
at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000 – calls for a huge concerted effort
by all nations in the world.
developing country must formulate strategies to combat poverty through
sustainable economic growth and to free the huge potential of their
populations. The challenge will be to create a growth-oriented economic
climate that will be able to attract foreign investment and new
technology, while at the same time increasing investment in human
resources, education and health, and promoting citizens’ active
participation in political life.
Government finds it of decisive importance that the new round of WTO
negotiations, as decided at the ministerial conference in Doha, focuses on
development. The developing countries must become active players in the
new round so as to ensure that the outcome of the negotiations reflects
the interests of the developing countries and the necessity of integrating
the poorest countries – not least in Africa – in the global economy.
Denmark will actively contribute to achieve this together with partners in
the European Union.
the poorest countries of the world, development aid plays a crucial role,
since it enables these countries to make critical investments in education
and health, build up their infrastructure and support the development of
the private sector. The Government will maintain the long-standing
objective of Danish development aid: To promote sustainable development
through pro-poor economic growth. Together with other bilateral and
multilateral donors, Denmark will work actively to support our programme
countries in developing effective, long-term national strategies for
willingness of each country to assume responsibility for their own
development as expressed in such strategies should also include respect
for human rights and democracy. The Government realizes that no absolute
demands can be made in relation to the poor countries with which Denmark
cooperates and that lack of resources and capacity implies that it will
often take a long time to achieve major improvements in these areas.
However, together with its partners in the European Union, Denmark will
require commitment from its partners concerning good governance as well as
a willingness to promote respect for human rights and democracy in the
development cooperation. The Government will establish a special Human
Rights Unit in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to strengthen our
activities within this field.
many years, Denmark – together with Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands
– has been among the countries providing the highest level of
development aid, in relative terms. Denmark will continue to do so.
However, there is a need to review Danish development aid, not least in
the light of the global changes following the attacks on 11 September, so
as to continuously ensure optimum efficiency in this area as well.
the Government will conduct a review both Danish development aid and
Danish environmental aid to developing countries as part of the
preparation of the 2002 national budget. Further, the Government will
reduce grants allocated for development aid and environmental aid to
developing countries by a total sum of DKK 1.5 billion as compared with
the budget proposed by the former government. The specifications of this
reduction will be presented in the Government’s proposal for the 2002
national budget to be presented at a later stage.
international standards, Denmark will remain among the world leaders in
terms of development aid, with contributions that by far exceed the UN
objective of 0.7% of GDP. At the same time, Denmark will work actively to
encourage the many other countries, including EU member states, which
contribute less than 0.7% to increase their aid. This will be a key point
for the Government at the UN Conference on Financing for Development in
March 2002 and the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg
in September 2002.
Government wants to maintain the Unity of the Danish Realm as a community
of three equal partners: the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Denmark. We want
to modernise the home rule systems in Greenland and on the Faroe Islands
through a constructive collaboration with Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
shall continue the ongoing negotiations with the Faroese government
concerning the future position of the Faroe Islands either inside or
outside the unity of the Realm. In our opinion the future of the Faroe
Islands should be decided by the Faroese people. Should the Faroese
express a wish to leave the unity of the Realm to become independent, the
Government shall be willing to conduct negotiations to find solutions
satisfactory to both parties. A precondition for this will be that Danish
block grants to the Faroe Islands are phased out concurrently with the
transfer of powers to Faroese authorities.
Government will pursue its economic policy with a firm hand: our aim is to
create as many workplaces in the private sector as possible, to reduce the
public debt and to lower taxes. We need a long-term economic policy that
provides stability and security sufficient to allow citizens and the
business community to function.
are four cornerstones in the Government’s economic policy:
fixed exchange rate policy will continue. The krone will continue to be
bound to the euro within the current narrow margin, and Denmark’s
economic policy will continue to take that fact into account.
and budgetary policy will be organised with a view to ensuring a reduction
of the public debt and interest expenditure towards 2010.
a robust surplus on the balance of payments, so that the foreign debt can
be eliminated as quickly as possible.
and interest rates must be kept at low levels.
Government will pursue a stringent expenditure
policy. Management of state finances will be through a payroll ceiling and
a ceiling on operations and construction expenditure. The expenditure
limitations will be fixed in the current budgets. This presupposes that
expenses are contained within a fixed framework so that additional
expenditure in one area is offset by a reduction in expenditure in another
area. In connection with presenting the current Budgets the Government
will also present a target framework for the following three years’
our annual financial agreements with the local and regional authorities
our goal is to keep local government expenses stable. The Government will
adhere to the
principle that local authorities
will receive financial compensation if we or the Folketing inflict
additional expenditure upon regional and local authorities or cause their
tax revenue to fall.
Christmas the Government will take up political negotiations with the
parties represented in
the Folketing concerning a new Budget for 2002. The Budget for 2002 must
reflect our Government platform in key respects. Our platform will be
fully implemented over the course of the years the estimate covers.
new Budget for 2002 will be submitted in January and adopted in February.
soon as possible after the Folketing
opens, an interim finance act will be proposed to secure funding of the
necessary parts of the Budget until a new Finance Act for 2002 is passed.
new Budget will contain the degree of fiscal austerity necessary to secure
our goals for Denmark’s economy described in ‘A sustainable
future: Denmark 2010’.
investment must help create a better framework for an expansion of
private-sector production and thus better possibilities of financing the
welfare state of the future. The Government will present an investment
plan for 2002-2010.
will especially consider important investments that will
will invest in new road and railway construction in accordance with the
political agreement of 24 January 2001 made by the Social Democratic
Party, the Social-Liberal Party, the Conservative Party, the Centre
Democrats, the Christian People’s Party and the Liberal Party. It is the
intention of this Government to obtain the financial basis for additional
investment in roads and public transport, also with a view to enabling
more efficient traffic in the Greater Copenhagen area.
will work together with the German government towards a decision on
whether to establish a fixed link over the Femern Belt.
a view to ensuring consumers better service at lower prices, the
Government will modernise and liberalise the infrastructure and a number
of utility companies.
Government will liberalise the Danish electricity and natural gas market
to increase efficiency in energy production, reduce consumer prices and
business sector costs and ensure that energy is produced where it puts the
least load on the environment. Bills will be introduced to reduce the
distortion of competition between energy producers.
will prepare the privatisation of natural gas utility DONG.
of the railways sector will continue.
services will be liberalised. We will prepare the privatisation of
year, the Government will review and evaluate the State’s shareholdings
with a view to possible sale. Any proceed will be used to reduce public
will stop the rise in direct and indirect taxes. The proposals for tax
rises in the billions of kroner that the previous government included in
its budget for 2002 will be removed. The Government will introduce a tax
freeze, whose starting point is that we will increase no direct or
indirect tax. This tax freeze does not, however, mean that we will not
perform a necessary restructuring of our tax system. If there are
compelling reasons to introduce a new tax or raise an existing one, the
revenue resulting from this rise will go uncut towards reducing another
indirect or direct tax. We will apply this same principle if it becomes
desirable, for environmental reasons, to introduce a new environmental tax
or raise an existing one. If Denmark is forced to lower a tax as a result
of EU decisions or international agreements, we may compensate for this
reduction by increasing other direct or indirect taxes. Such changes will
be required to leave the net revenue from taxes unchanged.
last part of the so-called ‘Whitsun
Package’ of taxes is already law and will be effected in
2002. This will mean a number of changes in direct and indirect taxes.
Changes in taxes already adopted will fall outside the tax freeze. This
also applies to the agreements for the year 2002 which the previous
government has already made with local authorities.
will stop the rise in property value tax. The ceiling is the amount that
the individual property owner pays in property value tax for the year
2002. Regardless of subsequent changes in the public land assessment, the
property value tax for each individual property owner will not rise above
that ceiling. Special transition rules will be laid down for properties
not evaluated at 1 January 2002.
believe it is important that the framework for local
government finances is agreed upon with the local authorities involved. At
the same time, it is crucial that the tax freeze also be extended to
include municipalities and counties. For this reason, we will ensure that
any changes in local and county taxation do not alter the aggregate level
of taxation. We will also ensure that individual municipalities can make
necessary adjustments with regard to their finances as a whole. In this
connection, the Government will give special consideration to the municipalities that are in a difficult position.
is our goal to reduce taxation in Denmark. It must pay to work and make an
extra effort. The limited supply of labour is one of the major obstacles
to continued growth and progress in Denmark’s economy. An improved
supply of available manpower is a prerequisite for a continued high level
of welfare. Tax on work has a decisive influence on the supply of manpower
available. Thus we will prepare an economic policy that provides us with
the necessary latitude to reduce the tax on work.
for tax cuts, however, is a sustained reduction in the public debt. Our
goal is to halve the public debt by 2010. The Government will effect
targeted reductions in direct and indirect taxes, on the condition that
other public expenditure is maintained at its current level so that the
requisite pace of debt reduction is maintained.
the Government obtain the necessary latitude for action, we will present a
proposal for the reduction of tax on earned income, to be effective
starting 1 January 2004.
of 1 January 2004, the so-called ‘24 hour rule’ will be repealed, and
travellers to Denmark will be allowed to pass our borders without limits
on the numbers of goods they bring with them. To prevent a rise in
cross-border trade, the Government will present a bill providing for
reductions in a number of taxes on spirits, tobacco and other typical
cross-border trade articles, these tax rates to be reduced over a number
of years, starting in 2003.
good public hospital sector offering free treatment to all citizens must
be the absolute cornerstone of all health care services. The hospitals
will be given added resources earmarked for investment in equipment and
payment of overtime etc. with at view to reducing waiting lists. Patients
will be given a statutory right to choose freely among hospitals. This
right will be introduced gradually. The Government will give citizens a
true guarantee that all diseases will be treated within a predetermined
period of time. If the public health care system is unable to comply with
the treatment guarantee, patients will be entitled to treatment in a
private hospital in Denmark or abroad. The Government will establish a
fast-track committee to present proposals concerning the changes of
structures, agreements, education and training programmes, etc that are
necessary to optimise the use of resources and ensure permanent reduction
of waiting lists in the health care sector. The committee will present its
proposals within a period of 100 days.
Government will set aside a total sum of DKK 1.5 billion for a targeted
effort to increase the treatment capacity of the Danish health care system
through increased activity. This sum will be pooled in a central fund from
which individual regional authorities can obtain funding on the basis of
demographic data. The funds will be paid out as and when the regional
authorities document genuine increases in their activities in excess of
the current level and the level laid down in agreements made with the
Association of County Councils. We will ensure that hospital departments
and practising specialists who make an extra effort to reduce waiting
lists will be rewarded financially when funds are appropriated.
of 1 July 2002 patients will have a free choice if the public hospital
system has been unable to offer examination and treatment within two
months (the money follows the patient). Deviation from this principle will
only be possible in very rare cases when a medical assessment shows that
the patient’s condition will not worsen if he or she has to wait longer.
will be up to patients to decide where they receive treatment. A
precondition for such a free choice is that the patients have been
examined and referred to treatment. It will be possible to receive
treatment at public hospitals, private hospitals or hospitals abroad if
of diseases shall remain free of charge. Citizens should not pay for
treatment, irrespective of whether treatment takes place at a public
hospital or at a private treatment centre which has a special agreement
with the public authorities.
patients are treated, for example at private hospitals or by specialists
in private practice, it is important that the treatment complies with
general requirements concerning such treatment. Consequently a
precondition for the free-choice system is that private treatment
facilities sign an agreement with the regional authorities, for example
through the National Health Service. The agreement must specify quality
requirements including the legal status of individuals in the case of
incorrect treatment, and it must be clear that treatment shall be free of
charge for the patient. When a
patient chooses or is offered treatment at a private treatment facility
which has signed an agreement with the Health Service, he or she will thus
be certain that the treatment will take place on exactly the same
conditions as treatment at a public hospital.
Government will increase the intake of medical students at universities.
order to alleviate the acute shortage of qualified doctors, the Government
will relax restrictions on the issue of authorisations to foreign
nationals with a medical degree.
Government will increase access to treatment in other countries whenever
further treatment is not available at a Danish hospital.
a proposal will be tabled concerning a lift of taxation on treatment of
employees paid for by employers and the Government will propose that local
authorities be entitled to offer full or partial payment of
Government will set up an advisory committee to prepare proposals for
concrete continuous reforms of the hospital sector in order to reduce
waiting lists, for example through increased productivity achieved by
means of performance-related appropriations.
it is possible to promote public health and prevent disease by providing
an adequate framework that will ensure good living conditions in the form
of healthy food, health and safety at work and high-quality housing.
diseases are caused by improved living conditions and changed lifestyles.
The health costs related to obesity, smoking and lack of physical exercise
are beginning to manifest themselves. An increasing number of people have
cardiovascular diseases, allergies, Type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. A
common feature of these diseases is that they may affect a very large
proportion of the Danish population. The Government will therefore
implement a number of strategy plans concerning these diseases. Research
is necessary to test alternative therapies and treatments and to provide
documentation of their effect. A separate sum will be set aside for such
Government want better care for elderly people who need help and
want to give elderly people and their families better tools to ensure high
quality in eldercare. We want to bring an end to the local authority
monopoly on care for dependent elderly people and replace it by free
choice. The right to choose freely is one of the most important elements
in our quest to introduce new lines of thinking in the eldercare currently
provided. Elderly people should be entitled to decide where they want to
live, who they want to help them and how they want the help to be
elderly people who have been referred to a place in a nursing home or some
other residential sheltered home must be given the right freely to choose
the nursing home or sheltered home where they want to live. The free
choice must also apply if the nursing home or care home chosen by an
elderly person is located outside the municipality where the elderly
person is resident. Elderly people’s choice of care facility should no
longer be determined by family considerations or religious considerations.
right freely to choose sheltered housing or a residential care facility no
matter where it is located will of course be accompanied by a right to
bring along one’s spouse. In future, married and cohabitant couples will
be treated as couples, not individuals, when their requirements are
elderly people who have been granted home help – both practical help and
personal care – should be
entitled to choose whether their home help should be a person employed by
the local authority, a private individual or an employee of a private
firm. A precondition for the free-choice scheme is that agreements are
made between private firms and local authorities. These agreements must
specify quality requirements, including the legal status of individuals in
the event of cancellation of home help. The free choice must also apply to
meals delivered to elderly people in their homes.
home help scheme must be more flexible. Elderly people’s right to
determine the type of home help they have should be increased
considerably. We want to grant elderly people a specific number of home
help hours and leave it to each individual elderly person to agree with
his or her home help how the hours should be used.
people must be compensated if the home help does not show up as agreed.
And local authorities should be punished if home help is not provided as
agreed. In addition local authorities should be required to offer
replacement home help within a reasonable period of time. It must be up to
the elderly people in question to decide whether the replacement home help
service should be supplied by the local authority or others.
connection with the introduction of free choice and flexible home help we
will set aside a sum of DKK 0.5 billion for general improvement of
authorities will be allowed to decide whether home nursing services should
be supplied by the local authorities or another care supplier. This means
that local authorities will be able to enter into agreements with
independent institutions, in which home nursing services are included.
Government will introduce a new and better family policy based on the
actual needs and requirements of families. It will make it easier for
families to combine working life and family life. We will introduce
twelve-months parental leave at the full rate of unemployment benefits and
we will improve conditions governing part-time work.
flexible twelve-months parental leave scheme will make it easier for
parents to use and ‘save’ leave so as to use it in a way that is
compatible with their plans concerning family life and work. An allowance
corresponding to the maximum rate of unemployment benefits will be paid
throughout the twelve-month period.
principle governing the scheme proposed is that the parents of a newborn
child will be granted 52 weeks’ leave. It will then be up to the parents
to split the leave between them and to decide when they want to take
leave. The period of leave must be exhausted before the child reaches the
age of nine.
of 1 January 2002 all parents of newborn children will be entitled to
twelve months’ flexible leave. Consequently the right to child care
leave will lapse as per 1 January 2002 for all parents of newborn children
and be replaced by the new flexible leave scheme.
of 1 January 2002 parents of children born before 1 January 2002 will be
entitled to use the current child care scheme in accordance with the
existing rules. This means that parents of children born before 1 January
2002 will maintain their right to child care leave in a period of up to
want to introduce better opportunities for working part-time.
current collective agreements include a ban on part-time work. The
Government will ensure that restrictions in the right to work part-time
are eliminated from collective agreements.
addition we will table proposals that will give each individual local
authority the right to offer financial support to families that choose to
look after their children themselves.
for human and economic reasons it is important to ensure that no citizen
is left to cope on his or her own in difficult situations. People with the
ability and will to work should not be put on hold as passive recipients
of transfer payments but should be offered speedy and effective help to
enter or re-enter the job market. The Government will suggest
modernisation of the activation system to ensure that all recipients of
cash benefits whose sole problem is unemployment will get a job or enrol
in an education or training programme.
Government will implement the reform of anticipatory pension that was
agreed by a number of parliamentary parties on 8 December 2000. We wish to
create a maximum number of scaled-down jobs and jobs on special flexible
terms (flexijobs) in the private sector to ensure that incapacity pension
is not granted to people who are able to work.
want to extend the common responsibility for the most vulnerable groups in
society. Additional resources will be set aside to help the homeless, the
mentally ill and people with disabilities and to prevent drug and alcohol
social problems is not just a matter of public grants and systems. The
Government will therefore involve voluntary charitable organisations in
the performance of a number of social services.
will establish a Social Council to monitor social efforts aimed at the
most vulnerable groups in society, to present proposals for improved
initiatives in relation to vulnerable groups and for greater involvement
of civic society in social work, and to prepare annual reports on the
status of the most vulnerable groups. The Council will include
representatives of private organisations and institutions involved in
will prepare an action programme for concerted efforts aimed at the most
vulnerable groups in Denmark.
Government regards it very necessary to limit the current influx of aliens
coming to Denmark. This will lead to the necessary calm and secure that
the necessary resources are made available for a far better integration of
aliens already residing in Denmark. They must learn Danish and have jobs
in order to be helped out of the social security system.
Government desires a consistent and fair policy on asylum and migration.
On the one side, there is a need for the policy on asylum and migration to
be tightened in order to counter fraudulent asylum claims, smuggling of
persons, crime, and abuse of welfare benefits. However, we also need to be
more favourably disposed towards the aliens who want to work and make a
positive contribution to the Danish society. The vast majority of
immigrants has a strong desire to be integrated into the Danish society.
a view to tightening the Danish Aliens Act, the Government will propose
concept of ‘refugee’ is brought into conformity with international
conventions so that Denmark fulfils its obligations under these
conventions but does not grant asylum to thousands of others who do not
meet the requirements of the conventions.
refugee’s application for permission to travel to his or her home
country on holiday triggers a review of the basis upon which he or she was
granted asylum, based on the assumption that the person can return without
being subjected to persecution.
permanent residence permit is granted to aliens only after seven years of
legal residence in Denmark.
conditions for family reunification are tightened so that reunification
takes place in the country to which the affiliation as a whole is
seekers who conceal their identity, disappear during the processing of
their asylum application or in any other way delay the processing of their
asylum application are expelled.
different indices of fingerprints are better integrated.
That the policy
towards criminal aliens is tightened through faster case processing and
immediate expulsion and through an increased access to detention and to
search of premises and persons.
of legally residing aliens who have been convicted of a crime will be made
more readily available.
countries who refuse to readmit own
nationals who have been expelled from or refused entry to Denmark will be
deprived of aid from Denmark.
That a number
of administrative procedures are tightened with a view to shortening the
time it takes to process cases.
improve the integration of aliens, the Government will propose measures
that stop automatic access to cash benefits. Instead a system involving
the principle of acquisition periods will be proposed. In future a
precondition for receiving cash benefits will be that the applicant has
lived in Denmark for a minimum of seven years. Applicants who have not
lived in Denmark for at least seven years may in certain cases receive
financial support from the municipality in which they live after an
individual assessment of each case. This qualification principle will
apply to both Danes and foreign citizens.
inclusion of aliens in the labour market is an important element of
improved integration of aliens in Danish society. The Government will
propose a programme of action for better integration of immigrants called
‘Immigrants at work’.
work to improve the Danish-language skills of aliens will be intensified.
The mandatory service of mother-tongue instruction will be discontinued.
Reductions will be made in the introductory or cash benefits provided to
aliens if they fail to attend language instruction without a reasonable
excuse. Regulations which prevent municipalities from setting up local
language centres must be removed.
Government will set the stage for greater openness when it comes to
recognition of aliens’ educational qualifications, and barriers that
prevent aliens from inclusion in the Danish labour market must be removed.
Government will also make it easier for qualified aliens to obtain
employment in Denmark. We will propose that aliens who can present an
employment contract with a Danish company or institution and can document
that they have at their disposal a suitable place to live shall be
eligible for a work and residence permit.
will prepare a combined package of measures to make the Aliens Act tighter
and to improve integration efforts.
will discuss this package with local authority representatives.
the basis of these discussions, the Government will submit to the Danish
Folketing the measures it proposes by 1 March 2002 and invite all the
parties represented in the Danish Folketing to negotiations regarding
Government wishes to tighten the rules for granting Danish citizenship.
is the view of the Government that Danish citizenship must be earned.
There must be greater emphasis on the language skills of applicants. It
should be a requirement that applicants are able to speak and read Danish
so that they can manage in Danish society. It is a very basic requirement
if a person, as an immigrant, wishes to support him- or herself.
Government will tighten the requirements which must be met by persons with
a criminal record so that it will be more difficult for them to be obtain
Danish citizenship. Persons who have committed crimes of an especially
serious nature must not be eligible for Danish citizenship.
there is a high degree of arbitrariness as to whether Danes living abroad
for a period of time and locally employed by an enterprise are permitted
to vote in Danish elections. For examples, people employed in
another country for a period of time under a local contract are not entitled to vote in
Danish elections. On
the other hand, people who are expatriate workers for a company in Denmark
or hired directly by a local branch are always granted the right to vote.
find that this is an expression of unwarranted discrimination. It has
normal for companies to
hire their employees under local contracts, and it has become increasingly
normal in recent years for people to work abroad to improve their
qualifications. It is important that Denmark takes this development into
Government wish to change the law so that it is not the conditions of
employment but rather
a person’s actual connection with Denmark that determines whether the
person is permitted to vote in Danish elections. Any Danish citizens who
work abroad for a period of twelve years with the intention of returning
to Denmark must be permitted to retain their right to vote in Danish
elections during the time they may spend abroad. In this way, unnecessary
bureaucratic complications in connection with applications for retaining
the right to vote will be avoided.
want to step up the action against violence and juvenile crime. This calls
for tougher preventive action in a partnership between homes, schools,
local organisations and the police. The Government will present an action
plan called ‘Stop violence’ involving a wide range of measures to
prevent all forms of juvenile crime, including special sanctions for young
people under the age of 15.
against persons are far more serious than offences involving money. An
assault on another human being – whether in the form of violence or rape
– is an offence against the very foundation of our society: respect for
the individual. Violence in any shape or form is therefore wholly
will therefore crack down hard on violent criminals and sex offenders –
even harder than we do today. The courts must be sent a signal that they
should make better use of maximum penalties. Today, financial offences
carry much more severe sentences than do offences against persons. We need
to redress the balance by increasing the penalties for violence and rape.
We will do that by increasing a number of maximum penalties so that the Folketing
sends a clear message to the courts that current sentencing practice is
The maximum penalty for rape will be increased from 6 to 8 years of
imprisonment – and from 10 to 12 years of imprisonment in the case of
The maximum penalty for manslaughter will be increased from 4 to 8 years
The maximum penalty for common assault will be increased from 18 months
to 3 years of imprisonment.
The maximum penalty for assault of a particularly heinous, brutal or
dangerous nature will be increased from 4 to 6 years of imprisonment.
The maximum penalty for assault of a particularly heinous, brutal or
dangerous nature in particularly aggravating circumstances will be
increased from 8 to 10 years of imprisonment.
The maximum penalty for trafficking in illegal immigrants will be
increased from 4 to 8 years of imprisonment.
Government wants imprisonment in Denmark to be effective. We will
therefore step up action against drugs in prisons and tighten the rules on
furlough, including making it a criminal offence to escape from custody.
will table motions for better witness protection in connection with
serious organised crime.
criminals and others on ‘tolerated’ residence permits must be
investigated by the police. They will be placed in the closed section of
the Danish refugee camp Sandholmlejren – or in another suitable location – until a
decision has been reached on prosecution.
Government will appoint a committee to prepare a bill to reform the Danish
Criminal Code. The reform must aim at a general modernisation of maximum
penalties, so that the penalties for various offences reflect to a greater
extent a contemporary understanding of criminal justice. The Government is
of the opinion that offences against persons – such as violence and rape
– must carry sentences at least as severe as offences against property.
The committee is to submit a report by 1July 2002.
want to improve our citizens’ legal protection. Increasing regulation
has led to public authorities demanding more and more information. In far
too many cases, the authorities have been given access to private homes
and properties without a warrant. This is putting the individual
citizen’s legal protection and constitutional freedoms at risk.
want to limit coercive measures against citizens and to introduce codes of
conduct for the administrative authorities. The rules must correspond to
the codes of conduct laid down in the Danish Administration of Justice Act
for the courts, the police and the prosecution service.
will therefore appoint a legal protection commission to prepare proposals
for legislative changes to improve our citizens’ legal protection. The
commission is to submit its report by 1January 2003. In order to generate
greater public interest in and debate about the legal protection of
citizens, the Government will submit annual legal protection reports to
taxpayers give up the idea of challenging the tax authorities in the
courts because of the personal financial and psychological cost of doing
so and the time such cases take. Even when the courts find for the
taxpayer, there is a great risk of the costs exceeding the tax refunded.
a means of bolstering the legal protection of taxpayers, we will therefore
table proposals concerning full cover of the costs of expert assistance in
tax cases won by the individual taxpayer.
Government will pursue an active environment policy to ensure a clean
environment for future generations. Denmark must continue to live up to
the commitments set out in international environmental agreements. It is
our aim for Denmark to be among the industrialised countries that take the
lead in pollution reduction.
ambitious environmental objectives must be achieved in the economically
most effective way. The Government will develop an environment policy that
combines a clear responsibility for our surroundings with realistic
international cooperation to reduce pollution where return on investments
Government will establish an Institute of Environmental Appraisal, working
through research at high international level, to create an overview of the
current and long-term environmental situation both in Denmark and
globally, assess the effectiveness of environmental initiatives, and
disseminate this knowledge and insight to the general public and political
a view to getting the most environment for our money, we will prepare a
report on ‘green market economy’, analysing the possibilities of
applying market-oriented tools in practice to promote a better
order to ensure clean groundwater, emissions of nitrogen and phosphorous
must be continuously reduced, the use of pesticides must be minimised, and
hazardous landfill sites must be cleaned up.
Government will invite the Folketing parties to negotiations concerning an
Aquatic Environment Plan III to replace the existing Aquatic Environment
Plan II, which expires at the end of 2002.
local authorities’ work to renovate leaking sewers must be intensified
to prevent the resulting harmful effects on nature.
monitoring of oil spills in Danish waters will be initiated.
Government will strengthen the international environmental action. The
possibilities for so-called ‘joint implementation’ must be utilised to
ensure that CO2 reductions abroad paid for with Danish money are included
in Denmark’s CO2 accounts and fulfilment of our international CO2
obligations. The Government will work towards environmental taxes being
agreed at international level. The first step should be the introduction
of common minimum rates for environmental taxes in the EU.
must ensure healthful, high-quality food, partly through a long-term
strategy to improve animal welfare, clearer guidelines for the work of
local authority food control units, and clearer, more user-friendly
Government will ensure a good working environment by involving and
utilising all available knowledge that can prevent attrition and physical
and psychological strain so that far more people can enjoy a long and good
will summon the social partners to discuss action to improve the working
environment. For example, we want to find, in co-operation with the social
partners, a more appropriate way of promoting a good working environment
than the current tax and certification scheme. We attach importance to
improving the efficiency of action on health and safety at work and to
prioritising it so that the most serious problems are tackled first.
Government will table proposals for an occupational injury reform with a
view, among other things, to shorten the currently protracted case
present working environment system is characterised by rigid rules,
central control and red tape. The working environment must be improved
through dialogue and cooperation between employees, employers, the two
sides of industry, and the Government. The key words must be mutual trust
and respect and legal protection for employees and management.
future, undertakings with nine or fewer employees will only be required to
have a safety organisation and to implement written workplace assessments
if the workplace presents a particular risk.
working environment is not good enough in quite a number of areas within
the public sector, particularly in the social and health sector. The
working environment in the public sector must be improved.
Government will support research in the field of safety and health at
order to ensure funding for the welfare society of the future, private
sector production must grow. We will therefore pursue a business policy
that improves the competitiveness of companies through the targeted
reduction of taxes and administrative burdens, etc. Framework conditions
need to be improved over a broad front, ranging from conditions for
entrepreneurs, through modern depreciation rules, to reduction of tax in
connection with succession. The proposals will be partially financed by
reducing grants to trade and industry.
will pursue a dynamic enterprise promotion policy, making it more
attractive to start up and run a business. We will table proposals aimed
at making it possible for prospective entrepreneurs to save up to
establish a business. We will also present an action plan, entitled
‘More entrepreneurs’ containing a broad range of initiatives aimed at
encouraging business start-ups and improving opportunities.
subsidies must be gradually phased out. The coming reform of the Common
Agricultural Policy will entail, among other things, a reduction of
agricultural subsidies. On the other hand, it will be necessary to reduce
the domestic costs of Danish farmers. We will therefore propose that the
2001 and 2002 ceiling of 12/1000 on local authority land tax on land used
for agricultural production maintained in 2003. The taxation of land used
for agricultural production will be phased out as agricultural subsidies
Government wishes to promote a broader ownership of Danish trade and
industry. To this end it will, for example, stimulate the development of
new forms of employee remuneration. Against that backdrop, the Government
will simplify and reduce the taxation of employee shares and share options
with a view to motivating employees and strengthening innovative
order to reduce the administrative burden on trade and industry,
compulsory consultation in the test panels of the Ministry of Trade and
Industry will be introduced for all bills from the Minister for Labour,
the Minister for Social Affairs, the Minister for Housing and Urban
Affairs, the Minister for Trade and Industry, the Minister for the
Environment, the Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, the
Minister for Taxation, and the Minister for Transport.
Government will reduce and simplify the requirements concerning reporting
to public authorities. A number of competencies will be changed, for
example permits for development, new building, etc., in rural zones will
be transferred from county authorities to local authorities. The
Government will also make the rules concerning utilisation of buildings in
open countryside more flexible.
a result of globalisation and internationalisation, high technology is
becoming an increasingly important competitive parameter. The country best
able to exploit new technology will do best in international competition.
Effective use of information technology will form the basis of increased
efficiency, new products and better services for citizens. In the years to
come, information technology (IT) will be a crucial precondition for
economic growth and consequently for wealth in Denmark.
Danish IT industry has achieved a strong position internationally. A large
and steadily increasing share of Danish exports stems from IT and related
business areas. By strengthening general use of IT in Denmark, we will
also strengthen the chances Danish businesses have to develop a sound
domestic market and recruit manpower with the appropriate IT
development of Denmark into a network society must first and foremost be
based on private enterprise and governed by market forces. The Government
will stimulate this development by removing a number of existing barriers
to the increased use of new technology, and we will further cooperation
between public authorities and private enterprises in this field.
Denmark to become an IT nation, IT technology must be broadly available to
the entire population. We must provide computer access to as many citizens
as possible. We will do so by implementing a modernised scheme on home PCs
and dismantling all barriers to fast and up-to-date Internet access so
that a maximum number of citizens will be able to use this medium.
must ensure that our electronic infrastructure gives all Danish citizens
access to broadband connections. Currently it seems possible to leave it
to the market to expand the network to cover the entire nation. The
Government will further this expansion by establishing a public sector
with a clear focus on information technology. All citizens will be given a
digital signature, the purpose being to facilitate communication between
citizens and public authorities.
will work to ensure minimum regulation of communication via the Internet.
Internet communication will not be subject to more restrictive regulation
than other media, and the citizens' right of free communication must be
technology will be a focus area in the educational system. Initially, we
will ensure that all students in the seventh year of primary and lower
secondary education have access to a computer. An IT certificate will be
introduced for all school students and more Internet-based educational
material will be developed for use in the teaching of for example Danish
goes without saying that it is crucial to acquire new knowledge in a
knowledge-based economy. We must therefore strengthen research in the
Danish business sector. The Government will present proposals for
legislation that will make it more attractive for Danish businesses to
invest in research and development.
research cannot stand alone, but must be supplemented by public front-line
research. The Government will ensure that publicly managed research is
carried out in close collaboration with the business community, for
example by increasing the number of business researchers and including
external members in the executive boards of universities, including
representatives of the business community. Universities should be
independent, operating within a pre-defined framework in accordance with
development contracts. Such
contracts should include incentives for increased cooperation with the
Government want greater coherence between teaching, research and
innovation. For this purpose a comprehensive study will be carried out to
examine the role of sector research, the aim being to transfer funds from
sector research to free research. It is also extremely important that
Denmark is able to attract top young Danish and international researchers.
will also eliminate all unnecessary barriers preventing Danish citizens
from contributing to the international sharing of knowledge through stays
in other countries, irrespective of whether they do so to work or enrol in
study programmes or the like.
must bring more people into employment and reduce the number of people
receiving transfer payments. To ensure growth and welfare in the future,
we must increase the workforce. The regulation of the labour market can
contribute actively to achieving this goal.
must pay to work. We will work to ensure that an increasing number of
people go from passively receiving benefits to active participation in the
labour market. We will also work to ensure that young people finish their
studies faster. People already in the labour market must be motivated to
work more and to continue to work throughout a long life.
Government will table proposals to ensure better results of the active
labour market policy. Activation measures for the unemployed must be
improved. We want to weed out pointless activation requirements. The
unemployed must be activated in offers which will enable them to obtain a
foothold on the labour market. We will work to increase the number of
people in private job training programmes, and all activation measures
must be aimed at specific unsubsidised jobs on the labour market.
Government will propose free job placement services for the purpose of
creating more competing employment services. Our reform will create
financial incentives for all parties involved so that it will be
worthwhile to find jobs for as many unemployed persons as possible. We
will propose performance-related pay for those involved in activation
programmes. Job placement and job counselling services will be subject to
result-based contracts in which the success rate determines payment.
Performance-related pay will be introduced in local authorities and in the
Public Employment Service. Assessment and checking of the unemployed
persons’ duty to be available for work will be transferred from the
union-based unemployment insurance funds to a public authority.
Government wants more young people in employment or in education and
training programmes. We will follow up on the success of the special Youth
Scheme which applies to young people under the age of 25, and we would
like to extend this scheme to include also young people aged 25 to 29.
want to give unemployed young people the opportunity to choose between a
public or private sector job offer with pay in accordance with collective
agreements or participation in an education or training programme with an
allowance corresponding to that of other students or trainees. The young
people must be given this offer when they have been unemployed for six
months. If they have family responsibilities, their local authority will
provide supplementary cash benefits.
will also submit an action plan called “More people into work” which
will include additional initiatives to increase the workforce.
soon as possible, the Government will set up a committee for the purpose
of ensuring that membership of a specific trade union or other association
will not be a prerequisite for exercising a trade or profession –
neither for employees nor enterprises.
promote flexibility and mobility in the labour market, it must be possible
to establish cross-sectoral unemployment insurance funds. This will
improve the possibilities for giving unemployed members offers in sectors
outside their previous field of work. The Government will therefore
abolish the prohibition against cross-sectoral unemployment insurance
funds and will table proposals concerning the establishment of a national
public cross-sectoral unemployment insurance fund. This fund will be a
non-profit institution whose operating costs will be financed by
administration charges paid by its members. It must accept all individuals
who meet standard requirements for membership of an unemployment insurance
Government will reduce the powers of the Danish National Working
Environment Authority in relation to work performed in private households.
will present proposals concerning exemptions from the regulations on rest
periods and rest days for people who work at home. Employees should be
allowed to work at home at any time they want to. If the Government
imposes restrictions in this area, it reduces the chances of families with
children to reconcile family and working life.
want to give employers and employees a statutory right to agree freely on
part-time employment; this will improve the freedom of the individual.
special pension contribution (SP) will be changed so that funds will be
added to individual accounts according to the same principles as those
applying to temporary pension. We will also propose that individuals be
granted greater freedom to invest and manage pension savings.
and further education is part of many people’s lives. In our society
education is of great importance. Therefore, the Government will ensure an
educational system of high quality.
Openness and transparency are important elements in achieving a high
quality educational system. Information about educational programs and
levels of achievement must be available to all citizens. Through openness
we will ensure that knowledge about high performance schools becomes
The quality and academic level of educational programs should be
strengthened. The Government plans to invite the political parties
supporting the agreement on primary and secondary lower level education to
discuss how to improve the academic level in the Danish schools.
The success of the future labour market is dependent on a high level
performance in the Danish schools. The schools should be flexible and be
of high academic level as well as being concerned with the needs of the
future. The Government wishes to support these demands by increasing
Danish and Mathematics lessons by 1 hour weekly in 1st through
3rd grade. Furthermore, the academic level in history should be
strengthened and lessons in foreign languages begin at a younger age.
Academic requirements for each grade will be specified through mandatory
curricula in all subjects.
Our educational system should also challenge the most diligent pupils and
students. The teaching should be based on the skills of the individual
The Government wishes to strengthen natural sciences and mathematics
throughout the educational system. Knowledge-intensive Danish enterprises
are experiencing difficulties in recruiting competent employees.
Learning and speaking Danish is a prerequisite for successfully
integrating immigrants. The Government wants to ensure as many children as
possible possess basic skills in Danish before starting school.
The Government will present an action plan “Improved Education” (Bedre
uddannelser) in order to improve the academic level in youth education,
further and higher education and adult and continuing education.
must bring an end to the abundance of rules and regulations. A targeted
effort to simplify public sector administration is necessary. The public
sector must be simpler, more open and more attentive to citizens and
is also necessary to simplify and reduce regulation of the private sector.
Rule Simplification Unit will be set up under the Ministry of Finance. The
job of this unit will be to clean up in old rules and regulations and
ensure that new rules and regulations do not entail excessive burdens on
companies and citizens. Existing rules and administrative regulations must
be simplified and the implications of new rules must be thoroughly
orders, circulars and other administrative instruments issued by
ministries must state a date on which they will cease to apply.
Government will introduce a programme for the simplification and
modernisation of the public sector. The program will include:
A public sector based on citizens’ free choice
An open, simple and attentive public sector
A modern public sector with an optimum use of resources
Government will work to ensure clear political prioritisation of public
fund allocation. We will reduce red tape and administrative procedures and
spend the money saved on better welfare. By combining or closing down
institutions and by reducing or removing public grants we can release
considerable resources for better welfare.
number of councils, boards and earmarked funds has increased by almost 250
per cent since 1980, and state
subsidies have grown considerably as well.
several councils, boards and pools are either superfluous or overlap each
other in purpose and function. It would increase efficiency to place them
in relevant ministries or agencies.
Government will therefore implement a thorough examination of all
councils, boards, earmarked funds and subsidies with a view to closing
down superfluous institutions and eliminating superfluous earmarked funds,
and we will join institutions where appropriate.
Government will ensure good and equal living conditions for all Danish
citizens, regardless of where they live in Denmark. We want to make all
areas in the country attractive for development and residence so as to
maintain a geographical spread of both population and economic activity
throughout the country. We will work to ensure that long-term regional
development reduces inequality in services, employment and economic
conditions in the various Danish regions.
will monitor regional development to be able to strengthen regional
considerations in government initiatives that may have an impact on
regional policy. The government will assess the implications of all
relevant initiatives to facilitate improved overall evaluation of the
effects on regional development.
the same time, the Government will assess the necessity of implementing
mitigating initiatives in connection with measures that may have a
negative impact on regional policy.
Government will issue annual reports on the progress of regional
development in Denmark.
is a beautiful country with numerous lovely areas of natural beauty and a
healthy environment. We want to keep it this way.
the Government will work to ensure that citizens have more influence on
development in their local area. We must create more space both for people
and the natural environment. Danish environmental policy must regain its
support in the population.
Government will suggest a revision of the Planning Act with the aim of
ensuring its validity in future contexts. We will table a number of
proposals, including a proposal for decentralisation of the planning
will make it easier to utilise superfluous agricultural holdings.
Companies situated in the open country must be able to extend and convert
their buildings. Today many companies are unable to extend their
facilities because they are located in an open countryside area.
Government wants to ensure a good balance in the housing market. Families
should have a real choice between owner-occupied housing and rented
housing making it important that both owners, and tenants with a
relatively high degree of certainty will know their future housing costs.
parts of Denmark are characterised by a shortage of good and flexible
rental housing. The Government will continue the construction of
subsidised housing. In addition, we will work to increase the construction
of private rental housing, for example by making it easier for pension
funds to build and rent out housing units, including housing units for
elderly people and housing units for young people in cities with many
institutions of education.
part of the Government’s long-term investment programme, additional
funds will be set aside for the construction of housing for young people
in major cities with many institutions of education and additional housing
for elderly people. Furthermore, we will reduce taxation on rooms offered
for rent in private homes.
Government will propose a reform that makes it possible for residents in
subsidised housing to buy their home either as an owner-occupied home or
under a multi-ownership scheme. Mixed housing types generally ensures
broad variation in the composition of residents in an area. In addition,
housing areas with mixed housing-ownership types are generally
well-functioning and characterised by stability. We will therefore work to
ensure a mix of ownership types in areas where subsidised housing is
predominant. A special committee will be established to prepare this
reform. It must conclude its work by 1 January 2003 at the latest.
Government’s cultural policy will focus on broad-mindedness, diversity
will work to provide a good framework for art and culture. Danish citizens
should have access to a diverse, varied selection of cultural facilities.
Our cultural policy must ensure that all citizens have equal access to our
Danish cultural heritage and to displays of examples of the most recent
trends in modern pictorial art, literature, music, film, drama, etc.
want to preserve our Danish cultural heritage, i.e. historical works of
art as well as listed buildings and buildings worth protecting. Wherever
possible, the multitude of pictures, radio and television programmes in
the possession of public authorities and institutions should be digitised.
Government want to improve conditions for creative artists, though not by
providing bigger grants to them. Instead we will work to stimulate demand
for art and thus the purchasing of works of art.
in workplaces may contribute to increased well-being and a better working
environment. We will therefore table a proposal to the effect that
companies should be entitled to deduct art purchases in their accounts on
a line with investments in machinery and buildings.
Government will table proposals concerning tax equalisation of highly
fluctuating incomes and will also exempt a number of scholarships and
bursaries from tax.
order to ensure independence, quality and innovation, we want to ensure
regular replacement of the members of committees set up by the Danish Arts
Foundation and other boards and foundations granting sums for cultural
activities. To stimulate visionary thinking and innovation we will also
propose inclusion of a foreign national in committees, councils and
development, globalisation and increasing wealth have created a new, much
broader basis for art and culture. The international success achieved by
Danish musicians, authors and filmmakers in recent years has sown the
seeds for a growth market. The Government will provide optimum conditions
for cultural export.
support for the activities carried out by sports organisations and the
voluntary work carried out in sports associations, the Government will
promote association-based sports activities, given that the
associations’ principles of democracy, voluntary work and community are
essential in Danish society in general. We will eliminate administrative
obstacles in order to ease the administrative burdens on associations, for
example by changing the current rules on VAT payment.
will strengthen Danish elite athletes’ opportunities to achieve results
internationally. Through ethically and socially responsible development of
elite sport, the elite sport organisation Team Denmark must be provided
with the means to ensure optimum conditions for Danish elite athletes –
in close consultation with voluntary sports organisations.
order to improve public health we will focus on the health aspects of
sport. We will in particular work to strengthen association-based
sports activities and sports activities in the educational system,
especially in primary and lower secondary education.
media are an indispensable element of a democratic society. Freedom of
speech and freedom of information are at the root of any system of
will formulate a media policy that is based on the freedom of information
and speech, diversity and versatility. This policy will apply to current
printed and electronic media as well as to any new media created by new
Government will work to ensure that citizens’ media needs and
requirements are met. A precondition for this is genuine choices among
media of the same type and between different types of media.
newspapers are particularly important to promote democratic debate. There
must be several daily newspapers that develop concurrent with the
availability of new technological opportunities. The Government will seek
to continue the current rules concerning VAT on newspapers and magazines,
postal distribution and the finance institute for daily newspapers Dagbladenes
want to have several media in the electronic media sector. There must be
genuine, equal competition in the field of news and information
dissemination and the field of public debate, both of which are essential
in a democratic society. We also want radio and television stations to
develop concurrently with technological advancement.
Government want to improve road safety. We will do so through the extended
use of speed displays and police patrolling in dangerous spots. Today, too
much focus is on automatic speed checks on relatively safe by-pass roads.
This has no real effect on road safety. Instead, automatic speed checks
must focus on ‘black spots’, i.e. spots with an especially high rate
of traffic accidents, and dangerous road sections.
particular, we want to improve road safety in areas where children and
senior citizens pass frequently, and we want to make a special effort to
remove these ‘black spots’ from Danish road maps.
driving licenses for first-time holders will be issued for a trial period
of three years. If a holder of a new driving license commits serious
traffic violations (e.g. drunk driving, overtaking where prohibited or
driving far above the speed limit) within the three-year period, his or
her license will be withdrawn.
Government wants much more severe punishment of those who drive under the
influence of alcohol.
We will increase the speed limit on motorways for ordinary cars and motorcycles to 130 km/hour. Danish motorways are designed in such a way that traffic can continue safely at a significantly higher speed than the current limit of 110 km/hour. In connection with increased speed limits, the police must intensify their monitoring for serious traffic violations on motorways, and fines for speeding on motorways will be higher.