COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Denmark will hold a vote this year on whether to start participating in a common European Union defense policy following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, nearly 30 years after the Danes have opted out, Danish media reported on Sunday.
Since Russian President Vladimir Putin launched what he calls a special military operation in Ukraine, Danish lawmakers have called on Denmark to increase its defense budget and abandon the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) of the EU.
Participation in CSDP would allow Denmark to participate in joint EU military operations and to cooperate in the development and acquisition of military capabilities within the EU framework.
This would also allow Denmark, a NATO member, to participate in decisions and planning in this area.
Denmark won exemptions in some EU policy areas, including the euro and defense and security policy, in a 1992 referendum on the Maastricht Treaty that laid the foundations of the European Union modern.
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Ekstra Bladet reported https://ekstrabladet.dk/nyheder/politik/danskpolitik/eb-erfarer-danskerne-skal-til-folkeafstemning-om-forsvarsforbeholdet/9161025?ilc=c that the referendum will take place before summer, without cite sources.
The prime minister’s office declined to comment, but a press conference on Danish security policy is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. GMT.
(Reporting by Nikolaj Skydsgaard and Stine Jacobsen; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
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