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Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday

Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the latest news on Tuesday
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Agreement reached over law for culling of minks

Denmark’s ‘red bloc’ of parties on the left of the parliamentary aisle have reached agreement over a new law providing for a temporary ban of mink breeding until 2022. The law also provides the legal basis to complete the culling of all fur farm minks in Denmark – a legal basis which has, until now, been lacking.

Denmark is currently in the process of culling all fur farm minks in the country after mutated forms of coronavirus were detected in the animals. Our reports on this story are gathered here.

None of the parties on the right supported the deal, and that means that it can’t be expedited as an emergency law, according to Jyllands-Posten’s report. As such, it may take at least 30 days for the law to be enforceable due to normal parliamentary process.

Food minister’s position looking increasingly untenable

The Minister for the Environment and Food, Mogens Jensen, bears the brunt of the responsibility for the government’s illegal initial order to cull healthy minks outside of the risk zone for known coronavirus outbreaks at mink fur farms.

READ ALSO: Danish government under increasing pressure over illegal mink directive

Left wing allies to the governing Social Democrats, including the Social Liberal (Radikale Venstre) party, have said they are unsure whether they will continue to support Jensen as minister. Parliamentary committee meetings over the next two days could seal his fate.

Medical profession criticises guidelines for religious circumcision

Professional associations representing doctors have criticised new guidelines from Danish Patient Safety Authority on ritual circumcision of boys, and have called for the procedures to be carried out at hospitals, broadcaster DR reports.

In 2018, a citizens' petition to ban the practice gained enough signatures to be brought before parliament, but did not have the overall support of MPs. In September this year, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said such a ban was “not the right way forward”.

France and Denmark launch culls over bird flu cases

Another animal-borne virus has reached Denmark, it seems, though fortunately not one that endangers people.

Along with France, Denmark confirmed bird flu cases on Monday, days after an outbreak in the Netherlands triggered a cull.

French officials insisted there was no need for people to change their habits. We’ll have a longer report on this on our home page later this morning.

Denmark tightens prison security after escape by submarine murderer

Denmark's justice ministry has announced tighter security measures after lapses at a high-security prison resulted in convicted murderer Peter Madsen temporarily escaping last month.

We’ll also have a full report on this on our website today.

Danish vocabulary:

  • Igangværende: ongoing
  • Samråd: parliamentary committee meeting
  • Aftale: agreement, deal
  • At smuldre: to crumble, to collapse


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Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

NemID crashes, sunshine and summery weather, and Ukraine's EU candidacy are among the top news stories in Denmark this Friday.

Today in Denmark: A roundup of the news on Friday

NemID on the fritz for second day 

About a third of NemID users have been shut out of the platform for the past two days, broadcaster DR reports. That’s left them unable to access digital government services like SKAT’s tax portal and the citizen portal as well as personal bank accounts online.  

Some users have also struggled to log in to MitID, which is set to replace NemID as the decade-old platform is phased out. 

Nets, the company behind NemID, attributes the outages to problems changing to a new server and couldn’t offer a timeline for when the problems would be resolved. 

“NemID has become part of our public infrastructure, so it’s as important as getting electricity out of the socket and water out of the tap,” Jan Pries Heje, a professor of IT and digitalisation at Roskilde University, told DR. 

READ ALSO: How non-Danish passport holders can switch from NemID to MitID 

Sunshine and summery weather

Yesterday’s warmth and sun will continue today, with few clouds in the sky and a high of 27 degrees. 

Fancy a dip? Check out last year’s list of ‘perfect swim spots.’ 

READ ALSO: These are Denmark’s 13 new perfect swim spots

Ukraine and Moldova approved as candidates for EU membership 

As of yesterday evening, Ukraine and Moldova cleared a significant hurdle to EU membership after a unanimous vote to approve their candidacy. It’s an extraordinarily quick progression in a process that usually takes years. 

The vote should be a source of encouragement for Ukrainians, Danish prime minister Mette Frederiksen said. “It is a signal to all the Ukrainian people and not least to those who are fighting on the front lines right now,” she said. 

Ukraine will have to convince member states the country has made sufficient progress in combatting corruption within the government and establishing the rule of law to make it to the finish line, though. 

Germany elevates gas supply chain issues to ’emergency’ status 

Our neighbor to the south has raised the level of alert for gas shortage to ’emergency,’ phase 2 of the EU system used to flag energy shortages. 

Germany had been in phase 1 — “early warning” — since March, newswire Ritzau reports. Denmark declared an early warning for its own gas supply this week. 

Direct government intervention — for instance, shutting off gas for certain non-essential companies — doesn’t come until phase 3. 

READ ALSO: What does Denmark’s ‘energy early warning’ mean for businesses and individuals? 

Danish frigate to join NATO fleet 

Denmark plans to send a frigate crewed with up to 135 soldiers to participate in NATO deterrence exercises in the North Atlantic, officials announced yesterday. The mission is led by the United States and joined by Spain, France, the Netherlands, and Canada.

“It is important to send strong signals that in the situation Europe is in, we stand together,” minister of defence Morten Bødskov said in a press conference.