Yesterday, Denmark’s new Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen speaking before the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) clearly stated that the EU opt-outs are harmful to the country’s interests. The Government will continue to work in order to abolish them. But he did not indicate when the time would be ripe.
Since 1993, Denmark has had four opt-outs covering defence policy, the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), Union citizenship, and Justice and Home Affairs (JHA). The DIIS Summary on the Danish opt-outs is available here.
If opt-outs are harmful to Denmark, what about other EU member states with opt-outs?