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

Today in Denmark: A round-up of the news on Monday
Danish finance minister Nicolai Wammen receives physical copies of the 2022 budget proposal on Sunday. Photo: Thomas Sjørup/Ritzau Scanpix
Find out what's going on in Denmark today with The Local's short roundup of the news in less than five minutes.

Denmark’s government to present 2022 budget proposal on Monday

Denmark’s finance minister, Nicolai Wammen, will present the government’s budget proposal on Monday at a press conference live-streamed here at 11am.

According to the Ritzau newswire, the government intends to establish a running negotiating fund of 1.2 billion kroner a year, which it will then use to fund new commitments agreed with other parties during the year. 

The government also wants to set aside 4 billion kroner for future challenges around Covid-19. 

Travel blamed for rise in Covid-19 cases in Danish old age nursing homes 

Employees of elderly care homes who travelled abroad during the summer were largely responsible for bringing Covid-19 back to Denmark’s elderly care homes, Denmark’s Berlingske newspaper has reported. 

As many as 18 new cases were registered last week among fully vaccinated residents of Denmark’s care homes, according to the weekly statement from Denmark’s SSI infectious diseases agency.

Nis Peter Nissen, director of the Alzheimer’s Association, called the development “serious and worrying”.

“We must make every effort to analyze the causes and look at what can be done to reduce the risk,” he told Berlingske. “Do not sit on your hands and wait for it to go as wrong as it did last winter.” 

The preceding week, 12 cases of Covid-19 were registered among fully vaccinated residents in Danish elderly care homes. Five Covid-19-related deaths have been recorded.

Danish left-wing parties lobbying government to scrap tax reductions for cleaning and home improvements 

The Red-Green Alliance, Socialist Left, and Social Liberal party are together pushing the government to scrap the boligjobordningen, or “housing job scheme”, which gives tax breaks to those who employ cleaners, babysitters, nannies, window cleaners, gardeners, as well as for home improvements like replacing windows, insulation, installing solar cells, and painting outside walls. 

The scheme was brought in back in 2011 to help prop the economy up following the financial crisis, and was expanded last year during the pandemic. The three parties no longer believe it is necessary. 

Second Afghan evacuee held pending trial for breaking entry ban 

A 31-year-old man who arrived in Denmark on Tuesday after being evacuated from Afghanistan was placed in pre-trial custody for 13 days on Friday, pending trial for breaking a ban on entering the country. The man is the second evacuee from Kabul who has turned out to have been previously deported after being jailed in Denmark for a crime. 

On Tuesday, the man said that he had been employed by the Danish authorities in Kabul, and had been given the green light to be evacuated together with his wife and his two small children, who were aged two years and four months respectively.

Liberal Party slams government for going solo with Afghanistan evacuation inquiry 

The centre-right Liberal Party has sharply criticised Denmark’s government for launching an inquiry into the evacuation of Danish citizens and Afghan employees from Kabul without consulting with or agreeing the terms of the inquiry with other parliamentary parties. 

“The government should have convened all the parliamentary parties so that we could jointly decide a model for how this inquiry should take place,” Michael Aastrup Jensen, the Liberal Party’s foreign affairs spokesman, told Ritzau. 

The government on Friday announced that an inter-ministerial group comprising the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Immigration and Integration Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, and other relevant underlying authorities – would be responsible for the evaluation.

“We cannot allow the government to investigate itself, and I expect a majority in the parliament to agree on this,” Aastrup Jensen said, calling for the inquiry to fully independent of the government. 

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