KL - Local Government Denmark's prioritized EU-initiatives
Every year, KL - Local Government Denmark prioritizes which new initiatives based on the work programmes of the European Commission that are important for the Danish municipalities. Here you can read about the EU-initiatives that are expected to have an impact – and therefor importance - on Danish municipalities.
In 2020, the EU member states committed to reducing carbon emissions with 55 per cent by 2030 and finally reach carbon neutrality by 2050. In order to reach these targets, the European Green Deal is a focal initiative on the European agenda.
The aim of the European Green Deal is to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainable use of resources in Europe. Therefore, the Green Deal covers a variety of specific initiatives that all contribute to these targets. An example of this is the Fit for 55-package, which consists of 13 legislative initiatives addressing many issues in the green transition.
Local authorities in all of Europe will play an important role in realizing the targets for the green transition. Danish municipalities handle a variety of tasks that will be affected by European legislation in the coming years. In addition, many municipalities are already working on many green initiatives locally.
Therefore, KL - Local Government Denmark will follow European initiatives regarding the green transition closely in order to secure the Danish local climate efforts.
Digitalization has been an important topic on the European Commission’s agenda for the last couple of years. The Commission wishes to pursue a human-centric and sustainable vision for what the Commission calls "Europe's Digital Decade" to empower citizens and businesses. As a result of these ambitions, the European Commission has initiated a series of different initiatives and bills, seeking to develop the EU’s digital infrastructure and cooperation.
Initiatives regarding digitalization are important to the Danish municipalities because they create the framework for everyday tasks. The municipalities handle large amounts of data when they are in contact with the citizens. Additionally, many municipalities are already working on developing and implementing new technologies in innovative ways in order to meet modern challenges more effectively.
That is why the bills proposed by the European Commission can provide the municipalities with new and innovative possibilities, but they can also limit them. For that reason, KL - Local Government Denmark actively seek to influence the EU agenda regarding digitalization in the EU.