Danish concern over costs of EU green laws

Implementing EU environmental legislation is costing Denmark many billions of krone, but no one has any idea exactly how much, Jyllands-Posten newspaper reported on Friday. Eyvind Vesselbo, chairman of the parliamentary environment committee, estimated that "living up 100 per cent" to the 2000 water framework directive alone would account for at least DKr1bn (€134m) annually, in part because of its "revolutionary" impact on agriculture. Environment minister Hans Christian Schmidt conceded that no such calculations exist, but insisted that Denmark would meet all EU requirements. See Jyllands-Posten.

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