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Denmark takes EU Chairmanship

Sunday, 01 January 2012
The banner had been fluttering on the Danish Foreign Ministry's facade at Asian Square in Copenhagen for a while now.  The reason is that Denmark now takes over the EU presidency from Poland from today with the declared intention of assisting Europe's economic recovery.

The Polish Presidency of the EU was passed to Denmark today and inside EU building in Copenhagen which replicated the big EU one in Brussels, is now the Danish art and furniture which is in place.

For Denmark, itself, it will lead the other 26 EU countries for the next six months in which there should be scheduled plenty of Danish concerts, films and exhibitions. The presidency will make visible Denmark and Denmark exploits of the EU presidency to make its visible and known more.

But politically, it will be a so-so affair in which Denmark is expected to make an imprint on the part of EU cooperation, which currently attracts the most attention. One major area which Denmark will start looking at is to the area the acute euro crisis.


Various European media have already pre attempted to downplay Denmark's clout and influence partly because Denmark is not in the euro single currency regime. And or partly because the EU presidency no longer has the same meaning as before.

A reduced presidency, the German radio Deutsche Welle online newspaper calls it "a reduced presidency" with reference to both the formal changes in the Union works and to Denmark's special status outside the euro.
“It will not be easy to mediate among all the laborious parties. Denmark already has a tendency to place itself in the margins of EU processes,” writes Deutsche Welle. Formally, neither can nor should be chaired by Denmark landless euro crisis.

Both the Prime Minister and Europe Minister has said that they hope to bridge the conflicts in the crisis. But the formal expectation is that Denmark will focus its political zeal to deliver an effective presidency of all the other areas in the EU, where Danish ministers actually are head of the table.

“Denmark is known for having talented and experienced officials, and an impressive record of previous presidencies.”
Confidence in the Danish diplomats and the quality of Danish civil servants will go some way to allay the concerns over the new government's lack of ministerial experience,” writes the European weekly newspaper European Voice.

“The Scandinavian country has a proud record of success in past presidencies of the EU's Council, notably in 1992 and 2002 when it contributed much to what became the 2004 enlargement of the EU. However, the EU's institutional arrangements have been changed since then, and the Danish government will struggle during the first six months of 2012 to match its previous achievements,” write the paper.
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