Denmark offered arrangement for ‘specific’ Europol membership

Tusk, Rasmussesn and Juncker meet on 15 December. [European Council]

Premier Lars Løkke Rasmussen was offered an arrangement for Denmark to continue using the Europol database today (15 December), to help minimise the consequences of the 2015 referendum in which Danes maintained their opt-out from EU justice and home affairs.

Meeting ahead of the EU summit, Rasmussen and Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker adopted a Declaration stating the conditions of the deal, according to which Denmark will have a specific membership of Europol.

EU member Denmark voted to keep its opt-out from the bloc’s justice rules in a referendum last year, meaning the country will need a separate agreement to access Europol information when new EU regulations come into force in May next year.

Denmark rejects further EU integration in referendum

Danes voted against adopting a ‘flexible’ opt-in arrangement on EU justice legislation in a referendum on Thursday (3 December). Parties said the ‘No’ result was due to a Danish refusal to give up more sovereignty to the EU. 

“This arrangement would be conditioned on Denmark’s continued membership of the European Union and of the Schengen area, on Denmark’s obligation to fully implement in Danish law Directive 2016/680/EU on data protection in police matters by 1 May 2017 and on Denmark’s agreement to the application of the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and the competence of the European Data Protection Supervisor,” the declarations says.

The sides will ensure that the new arrangements be in place by 1 May 2017, “or as rapidly as possible thereafter”.

The Commission offered the special arrangement to Denmark after Europol warned that Islamic State group militants could be on European soil, evolving their tactics to attack soft targets and using deadly car bombs.

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Terror networks such as the Islamic State group are evolving their tactics to attack soft targets in Europe, which could see the use of deadly car bombs, Europol warned on Friday (2 December).

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