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Denmark promises 11,000 supporters at Copenhagen’s Euros matches

Danish authorities have promised to allow at least 11,000-12,000 supporters to attend Euro 2020 football matches scheduled to be hosted at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.

Denmark promises 11,000 supporters at Copenhagen’s Euros matches
Parken, Copenhagen is scheduled to host four matches at the delayed Euro 2020 tournament. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Minister for culture Joy Mogensen made the guarantee in a press statement released on Thursday.

An expert group has been appointed to assess whether Denmark will be able to allow more than the guaranteed number to attend the matches.

“The European Championships in football are a unique and historic event in Denmark,” Mogensen said in the statement.

“The government has therefore decided to allow at least 11,000-12,000 spectators at the four matches which will be played at Parken.

“We will meanwhile look into whether even more spectators can come to Parken if the health situation allows it,” she added.

The European football governing body UEFA has required nation cities to guarantee supporters will be allowed to attend matches at the tournament, scheduled to take place this summer after being postponed in 2020.

Three group stage matches and one quarter final are to be played in Copenhagen.

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ENVIRONMENT

Copenhagen to miss 2025 zero emissions target

Copenhagen will not reach its longstanding target of becoming CO2 emissions neutral by 2025.

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Cyclists on Copenhagen's "Lille Langebro" bridge. The Danish capital has admitted to errors in emissions calculations and says it won't be climate neutral in 2025, a long-standing target. Photo by Febiyan on Unsplash

A city councillor told newspaper Jyllands-Posten that the city, which has long stated its aim of becoming the world’s first CO2-neutral capital, would not meet that target as scheduled.

“I won’t need to stand there in 2025 and say ‘hurrah, we’re CO2 neutral’, because I know that CO2 will still be emitted (then),” elected representative Ninna Hedeager Olsen of the Copenhagen Municipality environment section told Jyllands-Posten.

Tourist board Visit Denmark has previously used the emissions goal to market the city, while Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen named the target during the C40 climate summit when it was hosted by Copenhagen in 2019.

But the municipality has included wind energy produced in other municipalities in its calculations on energy sustainability, according to the newspaper report.

This means it effectively still emits CO2 overall.

The company which supplies energy to the city, Hofor, has erected windmills in a number of municipalities outside of Copenhagen. But the electricity produced by these windmills has been used in calculations of CO2 emissions in both Copenhagen and in the municipalities in which the windmills are actually located.

The replication of the energy production in data for different locations can “rightly” be said to be “cheating the scales”, according to Hedeager Olsen.

But that is not the only problem in calculations of the city’s emissions, she also admitted.

“There are loads of things that haven’t been counted,” she said.

The goal to become climate neutral by 2025 was first set by the city in 2012 in a climate plan adopted by the city government.

Copenhagen was the following year awarded the Cities Climate Leadership award for the plan.

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