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Danish EURO Referendum.
Drive to sell euro finds
few friends in factories
Danish EURO Referendum.
The Danish EURO
referendum is not the first referendum held in Danmark which has direct
consequences for Denmark´s relationship and working order as
regards the EU, and it certainly will not be the last.
The Danish Constitution demands that " all " matters that can
consequence to Danish sovereignty or the Constitution, have to be
decided by the people.
Certainly if the Constitution had not stipulated this , there would be
referendum. A large majority in the Danish Parliament is Pro Europe, and
could , with ease , have passed a law that adopted the Euro, without
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (Danish Primeminister ) is quoted during the Faero
Islands Independence negotiations for " An independant state has to
independant economy, and it´s own currency ". Certainly Denmark as
England, is booming outside the EURO, unemployment figures are nearly
The Danish economy is healthy, and investments have risen by 20+%
To this date (26-8-00 ) the Irish situation has not even been mentioned
any news papers, ( probably because all but 2 are pro Europe) and the
reasons for that do not need to be told here. The Danish people are
confronted, with tales of woe, when , or if they vote " nej"
to the Euro.
If the Danish public were told of the Irish situation, with it´s 6.2%
inflation, and 20/30% salary demands, there will be no doubt as to
what the result of the referendum will be on the 28-9-00, but all
that mention the Irish situation are thrown directly into the waste
The EU refukes allegations that they are funding the " ja"
side of this
referendum with " money ", and that is the truth with certain
Other Referendums helsd in Denmark have revealed that the EU , through
it´s office in Copenhagen , has paid for immense ammounts of printed
matter, and has supported the Pro side, by paying for information
and technology , that has been used in the campaigns by the Pro´s.
Danes are told, " if you sit at the table, you have influence on
being made, if you dont sit at the table, you have to wait outside the
as Norway does ". Does sitting at the table give Denmark any
Denmark´s share of the ECB is , according to article 29 E. 1.6709% and
therefore , Denmark´s influence on the EU currency politic is of the
One can ask, has sitting at the table given Denmark any influence that
affected the ordinary citizen in their daily life ? Certainly if I
the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) it has affected many citizens lives in
very negative way, and will undoubtedly , after the Nice treaty, if it
accepted by Denmark ( and Britain) will give shock waves the next 10
The entry of Spain and Portugal into Eu waters that they have been
excluded from until now, will only deplete fish stocks to a level that
will make the EU fishermen the laughing stock of the world.
A policy made to conserve fish has done the exact opposite, and to
matters even worse, it is to be revised by the end of 2002.
During the period 1990 - 1999, in Denmark alone, 126.836 tons of
good fish had red paint poured over them ( condemned) . This was not
because of bad quality, or unsufficient demand, this was because they
could not attain the minimum landing price for fish. At the same
time, Denmark imported over 3.0 million tons of fish from
England has in the same period ( 1990/ 1999) imported slightly less than
Denmark. A very large portion of this imported fish has been
caught by Russian fishing vessels, and exported from Norway , to the EU.
All other third countries have increased their fish exports to the EU
steadily through the same period.
This is only one example of how a EU policy has effected citizens,
only the fish in the sea , but the men who´s livelihoods depend on
I sincerely hope, that the result of the referendum in Denmark
will be a
resounding "NEJ" , but I am afraid that it will be close, very
Fiskeskipper David Hill.
6710 Esbjerg V.
p.s. I am a British subject who has been resident in Denmark , 39
Danish married , candidate for European Parliament, 1994, for the Danish
Movement against the Union.
Drive to sell euro finds
few friends in factories
THE workers at the Amagerforbraending waste disposal plant sat in
silence as an official from the Danish Metalworkers' Union told them a
Yes vote in next month's referendum on the euro would be "best for
A No vote would result in higher interest rates, prices and
Danes turned their backs on economic and monetary union there would be a
flight of capital from the country and they would end up in impoverished
isolation. A blackboard diagram depicted the euro zone as a single bloc,
with a minuscule Denmark perched on the edge of oblivion.
An electrician said: "They'll have to come up with something better
that." A group of bearded heavies in blue overalls farther down the
nodded in agreement. The electrician added: "It's the same lie
hearing for years. This is all about creating a United States of Europe,
that's what they never tell us." With a month to go before the
government, which is campaigning for a Yes vote, has restored its
in the polls to near parity.
But, in view of past referendums, its supporters fear they should be
at this stage to carry the day. Undecided voters have always tended to
No at the last moment. The campaign is being watched closely in Britain
in Scandinavia, where a "no" vote could delay a referendum on
currency. It is also being monitored by Asian investors for whom a No
would damage the credibility of the euro.
Jens Bo Andersen, the trade union official, said selling the euro was an
uphill task. "People feel cheated because the politicians said it
about economics every time we've voted on Europe, in '72, in '86, in
and obviously it wasn't." A few Yes supporters were clustered
the other side of the room, mostly senior managers. They could not find
anything positive to say about the euro either.
A technical administrator said: "It's a choice between cholera and
plague, they'll both kill you. The great mistake was to join the Common
Market in 1972, but now we're inside the cage we have to make the best
it." The trade unions are doing much of the day-to-day canvassing
Yes campaign, backed by the Social Democrat-led government, all the
opposition parties, the confederation of Danish industry and the whole
broadsheet press, giving it an estimated 30 to one advantage in funding.
Many Danes fear that monetary union will lead to tax harmonisation,
Denmark to slash its 25 per cent VAT and its stiff car taxes, which
discourage driving and make Copenhagen a paradise for cyclists. By
contrast, the Yes campaign work in Jutland, the bastion of rural Euro-scepticism,
with its nationalist and monarchical overtones, is largely being left to
the conservatives, liberals, and free market groups.
At the Amagerforbraending plant, the talk turned to threats by Toyota to
withdraw its car production from Britain unless it joined the euro. The
story has been widely reported in Denmark, helping to give the Yes
campaign a small boost. But Mads Qvortrup, professor of political
science at the University of Aarhus, said this argument is now almost
Denmark is booming outside the euro. Unemployment is effectively nil and
the biotechnology and e-commerce industries have a shown a dynamism
conspicuously lacking in neighbouring Germany.