Danes devolve environment to local authorities

The Danish government unveiled a far-reaching administrative restructuring on Tuesday, bringing about a massive transfer of job duties to the municipal level. While primarily aimed at health and welfare reform, the changes will also mean "less bureaucracy and simpler guidelines" for decision-making on environmental issues, environment minister Hans Christian Schmidt said. The proposals involve replacing the present system of county government by five regional hospital authorities, with the municipalities (and to a much lesser extent central government) taking over all other functions. See the New Denmark.

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