The EU Information Centre

Access to EU information can be a difficult task, especially if you do not know where to begin. Therefore, the Folketing has set up the EU Information Centre.

The objective of the Centre is to answer questions from citizens concerning the European Union (with emphasis on Denmark's participation in the EU decision making process), and to disseminate information and documentation concerning the EU to all interested parties.

The EU Information Centre is a politically neutral information service providing factual answers to questions about the EU. Fast, impartial, factual and free of charge.

Danmark and the European Union

Following a binding referendum on 2 October 1972 Denmark acceded, as the first Nordic country, to the European Community (EC) on 1 January 1973. 63,3% of the Danish population voted in favour and 36,7 voted against membership of the EC. Greenland joined the EC together with Denmark, whereas the Faroe Islands decided to stay outside the Community. In 1982 Greenland decided to leave the EC.

Denmark had already apllied for membership in 1961 and 1967 together with Great Britain, Norway and Ireland, but the French president at the time,Charles de Gaulle, vetoed British membership, and Denmark did not wish to enter the EC without Great Britain. However, on 1 January 1973 both Denmark, Ireland and Great Britain entered the EC.

Facts about Denmark

Denmark is a Constitutional monarchy and a modern democracy. The first Danish Constitution was signed on 5 June 1849 and has been amended three times since then.

The political system is a multi-party structure where several parties are represented in the Danish parliament, the Folketing. 8 parties are currently represented in the Parliament. The Folketing has 179 members, 175 from Denmark and two each from the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

News from the Centre
Result of the Danish referendum on the opt-in model for participation in JHA

On Thursday 3 December 2015 the Danes voted ”no” to an opt-in model for participation in JHA.

Danes are going to the polls on 3 December 2015 to vote in a referendum on Justice & Home Affairs (JHA)

The referendum will be a vote on replacing the Danish opt-out with an opt-in model similar to the one the United Kingdom and Ireland have. This opt-in model would allow for Denmark to choose which JHA policies and laws Denmark wants to take part in.

The Danish Parliament hosted an IPEX Users Conference.

The IPEX Board organised a Conference for IPEX users in order to improve the utility of the IPEX platform. The Conference took place on January 26, 2015.

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