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The International Encyclopaedia of Environmental Law - Monograph Denmark

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Modern Danish environmental law has a strong international dimension due to Denmark’s membership of the EU, and participation by the EU and Denmark in global and regional agreements. Most of the various EU directives and regulations implement such international environmental obligations. Based on the Lisbon Treaty, the regulations are part of Danish law with direct legal effect for the Danish citizens and companies, and the Danish authorities must transform the directives into national law in harmony with the legal principles on application of EU law that have been developed by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). As just indicated, EU environmental legislation is very important in the description of Danish environmental law. Therefore, the focal point is on EU environmental law, including case law. The clear relation between EU law and international conventions etc. is described in the book to make it clear that the Danish environmental law is part of a vertical harmonised legal system. The Danish implementation of EU law – as it is made by acts of the Danish Parliament, by statutory orders passed by different governments, and by the application of the provisions by Danish courts, is assessed, both in the light of the obligations of the Danish authorities and the rights of citizens arising from EU rules and CJEU case law. The information provided by the EU Commission, the European Environment Agency, and the Danish authorities and research institutions on emission data and the status of the environment is included in the evaluation of the effect that the legislation has on the quality of the environment. The political agreements concluded between a changing political majority and the government are included in the explanation of the complicated Danish legislation.

The legal provisions have been updated according to current law and practice at International, EU, and national levels as the law in force in Denmark took effect on 1 July 2019.

The new election to the Danish Parliament held on 5 June 2019 resulted in a change of government. On 27 June 2019, a new Social Democrat Government took over power. Its power is based on a deal with three other political parties on the left – the Social Liberals, the Socialist People’s Party, and the Red Green Alliance. This deal includes an ambition to achieve a 70 % reduction of the GHGs in 2030 compared with the level in 1990, just as it includes high ambitions for environmental issues in general. The book includes information on the change made in June 2019 in respect to the competences of the Danish ministries.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationLeuven
PublisherWolters Kluwer
Number of pages552
ISBN (Print)978-90-654-4945
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesInternational Encyclopaedia of Laws – Environmental Law
Volumesuppl. 138

Bibliographical note

This monograph "Denmark" has been published as supplement 138 of the International Encyclopaedia of Laws - Environmental Law

    Research areas

  • Environmental law, EU environmental law, Danish Environmental Law

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