The Danish Parliament European Affairs Committee has appointed IFWEA Executive member Claus Larsen-Jensen, who is FIC President, a former MP and MEP (Social Democrat), and Chairman for the European Committee, to be the Chairman in the EU-Reform Group.
2 October 2020 marked 50 years since a majority of the Danish population voted in a referendum 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 the 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-year anniversary of Denmark’s EC/EU-membership, the European Affairs Committee in the Danish Parliament has decided to establish an EU-Reform Group during the next year to propose how to strengthen the role of the parliament in the EU-decision process. It will also focus on the role of civil society, EU-information and debate (citizens), and on the interaction between national parliamentarians and European parliamentarians, the Council and the Commission. Claus Larsen-Jensen will be the Chairman of the EU-Reform Group.
Other members of the EU-Reform Group include a former Danish EU ambassador, a representative from the industry expert in European matters, and an EU legal professor from Copenhagen University, with combined experience in EU affairs from national to European parliamentary level, and representing the Commission, the Council, and civil society.
Claus Larsen-Jensen was a member of the Danish Parliament from 1998 to 2005, a temporary member of the European Parliament from 2013 to 2014, and a temporary member of the Danish Parliament from 2017 to 2018. He has extensive experience in politics as former General Secretary for the Danish Social Democratic Youth, the Danish Falcon Movement, International Secretary in the biggest Danish trade union federation, positions in international, European and national organisations, FIC Director, Board Member and Chairman in ICF in SOLIDAR, Executive Member of IFWEA and SOLIDAR representative in Global Alliance.
Photograph: Claus Larsen-Jensen, FIC President in front of EU-Reform Group in the Danish Parliament