New Danish epidemic law could be reviewed by parliament in autumn

New Danish epidemic law could be reviewed by parliament in autumn
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A new law for the national response to epidemics, which is expected to be passed by the Danish parliament on Tuesday, could undergo a thorough parliamentary review later in the year after a majority of parties expressed concern over it.

A majority of parties outflanking the Social Democratic government wants to review the law, with the Liberal party, the largest on Denmark’s right, putting forward an amendment to the bill on Monday, newspaper Jyllands-Posten reported.

The party wants the law to be reviewed no later than October 15th.

“There could easily be irregulates here and there, and things which haven’t been picked up on. This has had a very urgent character,” the party’s health spokesman Martin Geertsen told Jyllands-Posten.

The current epidemic law was rushed through as an emergency bill in March 2020 and expires at the beginning of next month.

A number of elements of the new law have been criticised by experts, resulting in the Liberals raising concern over it. The Conservative and Danish People’s parties on the right, plus the left-wing parties Red-Green Alliance and Social Liberal party, support the proposed amendment.

The new law has been criticised for being far-reaching and lacking in safeguards for the public, including in relation to a provision allowing for state monitoring of public users of facilities like gyms and libraries.

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