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Denmark to land a sweet deal on Europol

Denmark to land a sweet deal on Europol

After a long period of political theatre in an attempt to create insecurity among the Danish people - by trying to make everything seem impossible - a new deal is now ready for process.

In December 2015 the Danish people decided to keep their hard fought opt-out on justice and home affairs. An opt-out the Danish people got after voting NO to the Maastricht treaty in 1992. A big issue in the 2015 referendum was new reform of Europol which means that Europol would move on to be a supranational body – the last thing that the Danish people want it to be. With their opt-out the Danish people kept their right to claim their elected politicians to get a better and inter-governmental agreement.   

Despite threats from Europhile politicians, a new proposal from the European Commission on Denmark's future cooperation with Europol is now ready process in the Danish Parliarment. If the Danish Government accepts the long-awaited proposal, it will then be dealt with in other EU bodies. The new agreement is therefore regarded as a separate agreement. This means that Denmark will keep their intergovernmental agreement, and thereby still remain sovereign on justice and home affairs which a self-governing nation should have the right to. Like in other countries within the European Union the Danish people wants the democratic control and doesn’t want to governed by The European Union, therefor it is of great importance that Denmark avoids supranational Europol membership.

The proposal for Denmark's cooperation with Europol can be seen as a great success for the Danish Eurosceptics.

A better deal than Norway

With the new deal Denmark will get a so-called "Norway Plus"-agreement, of similar kind to the agreement reached between Norway and Europol. A “Norway Plus”-agreement will put Denmark in better cooperation with Europol than the Norwegian neighbours.

The agreement does not give Denmark the full and automatic access to Europols databases, but via liaison officers at Europol, Denmark will very quickly be able to obtain information from the database without losing democratic control with the work of police.

In Norway, who first sends a request for information, followed by two days of waiting until the information is received. It is still unclear whether liaison officers shall be located in Copenhagen or in The Hague but either way the new deal is in Denmark’s favour.

A special agreement

From april 2017 Denmark will no longer be a full member of Europol due to their hard-fought opt-out on justice and home affairs. The new agreement is therefore regarded as a separate agreement, Denmark may at any time terminate the Europol cooperation if there is sound basis for it. This means that Denmark will keep their intergovernmental agreement, and thereby still remain sovereign on justice and home affairs which a self-governing nation should have the right to. Like in other countries within the European Union the Danish people wants the democratic control and doesn’t want to governed by European Union, therefor it is of great importance that Denmark avoids supranational Europol membership.

Many other countries outside The European Union has a special agreement with Europol - and with Denmark landing a new deal Britian will be in great position to re-negotiate a deal suiting their national interests.