Danish opposition welcomes Commission’s assurances on opt-outs

Danish political parties are satisfied with the
Commission President’s guarantees concerning Denmark’s opt-outs
in certain EU policy areas.

On 14 October, Commission President Romano Prodi assured
Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen that the
Commission would respect Danish opt-outs as regards joining
the euro, joint defence and legal co-operation.

The Danish Social Democrats and centrist
Radical Liberals (both in opposition) are largely in favour
of the government's stance on opt-outs. They were pleased
with Prodi's assurances for the reiteration of these
opt-outs in the EU Constitution. The far-left Socialist
People's Party has also expressed support for the Rasmussen
government's call for a voting Commissioner for each

The final decision on the composition of
the Commission as well as other institutional issues will
be made by the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) whose
mandate is to agree the EU's first ever Constitution by the
end of the year.


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