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Trump’s cancelled visit cost Denmark 4 million kroner

The state visit of Donald Trump to Copenhagen at the start of this month, which was eventually cancelled by the US president, had been expected to cost 33 million kroner in total.

Trump’s cancelled visit cost Denmark 4 million kroner
Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

Planning and preparations for the scrapped visit set Denmark’s police back by 4 million kroner (536,000 euros), according to public access documents reported by Danish media including broadcaster DR.

Trump cancelled the visit 12 days before it was scheduled to take place, citing Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s dismissal of a potential sale of Greenland to the United States, resulting in significant costs to police.

READ ALSO: Danes pour scorn on Trump after state visit postponement

“Expenses included compensation as a result of withdrawn days off, cancellation of planned accommodation, a number of minor completed operational costs for equipment and material and planning time,” the National Police (Rigspolitiet) writes according to DR.

Resources used by Denmark’s police security service PET are not included in the inventory.

The visit would have cost as much as 33 million kroner (4.4 million euros) had it gone ahead, according to the National Police figures.

That sum includes 17 million kroner on additional police resources, recalling personnel from time off, transport and overtime.

State visits generally require major security provisions, which means police officers from across the country are brought to Copenhagen to assist in operations.

Trump’s visit would also have involved ongoing assessments of security threats and any demonstrations which took place.

The figures are subject to a certain amount of uncertainty, the National Police writes.

Denmark’s military, royal family and Copenhagen Airport were also engaged in major preparations for the state visit at the time of the US president’s cancellation, which was announced via Twitter.

The army was set to assist with the security operation by providing special forces and helicopters, while palace staff were subject to cancellations of their annual leave in order to complete preparations. Costs related to these elements are currently not known.

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ENVIRONMENT

Greenland passes law banning uranium mining

Greenland's parliament voted Tuesday to ban uranium mining and exploration in the vast Danish territory, following through on a campaign promise from the ruling left-wing party which was elected earlier this year.

Greenland's parliament voted on November 9th to ban uranium mining. Prime Minister Mute Egede, pictured, said earlier this month he wanted to join the Paris climate agreement.
Greenland's parliament voted on November 9th to ban uranium mining. Prime Minister Mute Egede, pictured, said earlier this month he wanted to join the Paris climate agreement. File photo: Emil Helms/Ritzau Scanpix

The Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) party won snap elections in April that were originally triggered by divisions over a controversial uranium and rare earth mining project.

The IA won 12 seats in the 31-seat Greenlandic national assembly, beating its rival Siumut, a social democratic party that had dominated politics in the island territory since it gained autonomy in 1979.

On Tuesday 12 MPs in the national assembly voted to ban uranium mining, with nine voting against. 

The IA had campaigned against exploiting the Kuannersuit deposit, which is located in fjords in the island’s south and is considered one of the world’s richest in uranium and rare earth minerals.

The project, led by the Chinese-owned Australian group Greenland Minerals, has not yet been officially abandoned.

But French group Orano announced in May it would not launch exploration despite holding permits to do so.

The massive natural riches of the vast island — measuring two million square kilometres, making it larger than Mexico — have been eyed by many, but few projects have been approved.

The island is currently home to two mines: one for anorthosite, whose deposits contain titanium, and one for rubies and pink sapphires.

While Greenland’s local government is not opposed to all mining activities, it has also banned all oil exploration over concerns for the climate and the environment.

Earlier this month Prime Minister Mute Egede said he wanted to join the Paris climate agreement, which Greenland is one of the few countries not to have ratified.

READ ALSO: Greenland seabed scoured for marine diamonds

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