About: opt-outs

Brexit 02-09-2016

Van Rompuy: Brexit will take ‘years and years’

No need to panic, the UK was on its way out of the EU years ago. This was the view shared by Herman Van Rompuy and the EU foreign affairs ministers who met in Paris on Thursday (1 September). EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 23-06-2016

Xydakis: Athens is not afraid of a Brexit

Athens has no reason to fear the consequences of a Brexit vote, Greece’s Alternate Foreign Minister for European Affairs, Nikos Xydakis, told EURACTIV.com on Wednesday (22 June).

Danish opt-out referendum marked by refugee debate

Eurosceptic Denmark goes to the polls on Thursday (3 December) in a referendum on stepping up its participation in EU police and judicial cooperation, with the outcome uncertain amid fears ranging from jihadist attacks to the refugee crisis.

Paris attacks influence Danes against joining EU’s justice rules

One in five Danes is more likely to vote in favour of scrapping the country's opt-out on EU justice rules after the 13 November Paris attacks, a poll published yesterday (26 November) showed.
Languages & Culture 03-06-2015

EPP leader: UK could lose its veto right in EU

Britain could lose its prized EU veto on some subjects if it opts out from the commitment to "ever closer union" in the bloc's treaties under David Cameron's reform plans, a senior German MEP said.
Brexit 27-05-2015

Danish minister warns Cameron: Don’t pursue our EU model

Martin Lidegaard, Denmark's Minister for Foreign Affairs, has warned David Cameron against copying the Danish EU opt-out model when the UK Prime Minister negotiates a reform of Britain's relations with the EU, saying "it has given us nothing but problems".

Lords slams UK’s ‘splendid isolation’ on EU justice opt-out

The House of Lords has called on the British government to abandon its “legally unsustainable” interpretation of EU justice and home affairs law, and drop its unnecessarily confrontational strategy.
Elections 08-10-2014

Danish PM postpones EU referendum

Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Tuesday (7 October) announced she will call for a referendum on one of the country's four opt-outs if reelected. She had previously promised the referendum would take place during her first term in office.

Denmark moves closer to referendum on EU opt-outs

Danish opposition leader Lars Løkke Rasmussen has ratcheted up the pressure on Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt to launch a referendum on two of Denmark’s EU opt-outs by calling for one “at the earliest opportunity”.
Brexit 07-05-2013

Denmark won’t follow Britain’s EU direction, minister says

Britain and Denmark, the EU countries with perhaps the most eurosceptic populations, are both celebrating 40 years as EU members in 2013. But while Britain is debating whether to leave the EU, Denmark's European affairs minister says his country has no intention of going in the same direction. 
Future EU 16-10-2003

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.
Euro & Finance 04-06-2002

Danes want out of opt-outs

According to a new survey organised by the Gallup Institute, 60 per cent of the Danish population is in favour of joining the euro. The poll also indicates that most Danes would like their country to give up its opt-outs on defence policy and justice and home affairs.