EU Relations

Views on EU Policies

The following EU policy areas have great impact on the Danish municipalities and therefore serve as a point of departure to our EU work:

Environment, Energy and Climate

Danish municipalities are key actors in implementing EU’s policies on environment, energy and climate. Particularly, waste legislation is subject to EU influence, which is one of the central competences of the Danish municipalities.

Therefore, future revision of the waste directives and related policy areas such as the Circular Economy Package are of high interest to KL. Here you can read our position paper on the Circular Economy Package.

Labour Market and Employment Policies

With roughly 480,000 employees, the municipalities are the largest employer in Denmark .

EU has a great impact on the municipalities as an employer. A report issued by KL in 2018 concludes that 35 per cent of the collective agreements bargained between KL and the trade unions are based on an EU-directive or an EU framework agreement.

Therefore, KL lobbies the EU-institutions on legislative proposals affecting the Danish labour market and employment policies. At the moment, KL follows the European Commission’s Labour Mobility Package as well as the development of the social dialogue.

The Digital Agenda

The EU also affects the digital agenda of the municipalities. As a prime example stands The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

For the last four years, the GDPR has been a top priority in KL, as the original proposal presented by the European Commission would provide municipalities with major challenges - both administratively, financially and in relation to the municipalities as an employer.

In 2016, KL has a close eye on The Digital Internal Market as it also may have an impact on the municipalities administratively or financially.