9.7 Current debates and reforms
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Forthcoming policy developments
On 27 June 2019, a new government was formed in Denmark. An agreement document, entitled ‘A fair direction for Denmark’ (Retfærdig retning for Danmark), includes an outline on what the government and its three supporting parties aim to achieve in the current government period. The government has a strong focus on the climate crisis and aims to make Denmark one of the world’s leading countries in the green transition. In order to realise/implement the reduction of greenhouse gases, the government intends to increase the funding of green research and demonstration programmes. Furthermore, the minister of higher education and science has placed a strong emphasis on green educations as one of her four priorities.
Furthermore, a coordinating committee at governmental level has been established in order to coordinate policies in relation to the green transition. See section 9.2.
The corona pandemic has constituted a dominant ongoing debate on global affairs in since 2020. However, in the autumn of 2020, experts and concerned citizens urged Danes not to forget about the need for climate action in the midst of the corona crisis. While the global reduction in CO2 emissions in the beginning of 2020 (due to major lockdown measures) caused some initial optimism, experts point out that the need for climate action is no less pressing. Young people also participate in this debate, for example by pointing out the paradox in blaming young people for not taking enough responsibility for the common good in relation to the COVID-19 restrictions while disregarding older generations’ lack of consideration for the common good in relation to the climate crisis.
In 2022, the war in Ukraine constitutes yet another hotly debated topic, in particular in relation to Danish refugee policies. The refugee policies on ukrainian refugees in 2022 stand in stark contrast to the refugee policies on Syrian refugees in 2014/2015.