Claus Larsen-Jensen, FIC President in front of EU-Reform Group in the Danish Parliament

On 2nd October 2022, it will be 50 years since a majority of the Danish population at a referendum voted for Denmark to join the European Community.

The Danish Parliament was the first Parliament in the EU to give a strong position to the Parliament and its European Affairs Committee to control the Government, by introducing a mandating role of its European Affairs Committee. Other national parliaments have copied and developed this, and in the Lisbon Treaty it is obligatory that national parliaments have a role in the EU-decision process.

On the occasion of the 50 years' anniversary of Denmark’s EC/EU-membership, the European Affairs Committee in the Danish Parliament has decided to set down an EU-Reform Group during the next year, to propose how to strengthen the role of the Parliament in the EU-decision process, but also to focus on the role of civil society, EU-information and debate (citizens), and on the interaction between the national parliamentarians and European Parliamentarians, the Council and the Commission.

The Danish Parliament European Affairs Committee has appointed Claus Larsen-Jensen (*), FIC President and SOLIDAR Board Member, former MP and MEP (Social Democrat) and Chairman for the European Committee, to be the chairman in the EU-Reform Group.

Other members include a former Danish EU-Commissionaire (Conservative); a former party president from the Danish Socialist Peoples Party who was anti-EU, and active in the Danish no-campaign on Maastricht Treaty in 1992 in the Edinburgh Agreement in 1993 on EU-opt outs; the former leader in the European Parliament for the Danish Anti-EU-movement, now in favor; a former Danish EU-Ambassador; a representative from the industry expert in European matters; an EU legal professor from Copenhagen University. They bring together diversity of thought and an extensive experience in EU affairs, from national and European parliamentary level, the Commission, the Council, and from civil society.

(*) Claus Larsen-Jensen was member of the Danish Parliament from 1998 – 2005, temporary member of the European Parliament in 2013-14 and temporary member of the Danish Parliament in 2017-18. He has a vast experience from politics as former general secretary for the Danish Social Democratic Youth, the Danish Falcon Movement, International Secretary in the biggest Danish Trade Union Federation, and has held various positions in international, European and National organisations. He is FIC Director, Board member and Chairman in ICF in SOLIDAR and member of the IFWEA Board and SOLIDAR Representative in Global Alliance.