Denmark Europol Agreement
The agreement was presented last year by the European Commission. Rasmussen had called it a “back door” at Europol after the Danes “threw” the keys to the main door. Under the cooperation agreement signed on Saturday, Denmark will be able to continue accessing Europol`s databases at the time of day, through Danish officials based in The Hague (Netherlands) via Europol databases. He said the agreement was “not a parallel agreement” to keep Denmark with Europol despite the referendum. Denmark has not been a member of the EU`s law enforcement service Europol since yesterday (1 May), but it will continue to have access to its databases thanks to an eleventh-hour agreement. “A Europol agreement with Denmark cannot be taken for granted,” said Manfred Weber, head of the European Parliament`s largest group, the European People`s Party. Earlier this year, Denmark was placed on the list of third countries with which Europol can conclude cooperation agreements. That is why Denmark signed a new cooperation agreement on Saturday (April 29th) guaranteeing access to police databases 24 hours a day and participating in the exchange of information. In October 2014, Thorning-Schmidt announced its intention to hold a referendum on transforming the rigid opt-out in housing and justice into a flexible opt-out after the next Danish parliamentary elections in September 2015, fearing that the opt-out could force Denmark to leave Europol.  Several parties, including the two largest parties in Parliament, the Social Democrats and the Liberals, agreed in December 2014 to hold the referendum after the next election, but before the end of the first quarter of 2016 if they win enough seats in the elections.
 This was complemented by an agreement reached between the parties in March 2015, according to which, if the referendum was adopted, Denmark would adhere to 22 EU regulations in which it is currently unable to participate, including the Rome Regulation.   In order to accede to additional regulations, the agreement requires either consensual amounts received by the parties to the agreement or the publication of the proposal within the party`s platform before a subsequent election.  “Such rules must be specific to Denmark and should not correspond to The full membership of Europol,” he said in the joint statement. “However, it should ensure a sufficient level of operational cooperation, including the exchange of relevant data.” The Danish government and the European institutions began working on new regulations as soon as it became clear that Denmark was leaving Europol. The European and Danish parliaments did not sign the agreement until Thursday 27 April. A report by the European Parliament`s environmental management unit proposes a treaty amendment to move the European Parliament`s headquarters from Strasbourg to Brussels – so that the institution becomes climate neutral by 2030.