Denmark to slash environment spending

Government proposes major cuts in green administration posts, advisory boards, foreign aid

Large-scale cuts in Danish spending on environmental policy making and third world aid were confirmed yesterday in a draft 2002 budget unveiled by the government. The supplementary proposal follows the victory of centre-right parties in elections last November.

The government is aiming to find an extra DKr7bn (euros 943m) to pay for improvements in hospitals and elderly care and to introduce one-year maternity leave and new tax breaks for business. To pay for this, it is proposing major expenditure cuts across all ministries in subsidies, foreign aid and advisory boards and councils, including many working on environmental issues (EED 15/01/02).

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