Morning Briefing – Tuesday, May 21

The Copenhagen Post’s daily digest of what the Danish press is reporting

Dagpenge agreement reached

The government has teamed up with far-left party Enhedslisten to reach an agreement on the government's proposal to revamp the overhaul of the unemployment benefit, dagpenge. Under terms of the deal, the current education initiative (uddannelsesordningen) will be extended through the end of this year and those who run out of their dagpenge benefit will be entitled to a new benefit that is similar to kontanthjælp. As part of the new agreement, the government has given up on making those who contribute to unemployment insurers (a-kasse) pay for the initiative, but a significant part of the funding will be found through a restructuring of Danish language courses for foreigners. The Copenhagen Post will have more details later today.

Fewer vulnerable getting evicted

The number of citizens who are being evicted from their homes has decreased over the past year, according to Politiken newspaper. Figures from the court system's oversight board, Domstolsstyrelsen, showed that 600 fewer Danes were evicted in 2012 compared to the year before, a 14 percent reduction. The result comes after massive efforts from the councils, housing associations and volunteers that have helped turn the tide. – Politiken

Graduates should end up in private sector

The minister of higher education, Morten Østergaard (Radikale), will reveal a new reform of the education system today that is designed to push more graduates into the private sector. Today, about half of all academics work in the public sector, a trend that Østergaard and the government want to change by 2020. – Berlingske

Government to battle rising ADHD numbers

The government will launch a new programme today that is expected to curb the sharp rise in ADHD diagnoses in recent years. The social minister, Karen Hækkerup (Socialdemokraterne), will reveal the details of the new initiative at a conference in Odense. Since 2001, the number of citizens being diagnosed with ADHD has exploded from 2,400 to 38,000. – Jyllands-Posten

Big banks blocking successful investment funds

Customers of large banks are missing out on some of Denmark’s most successful stock and bonds investment funds because the banks insist on using their own associations. The three successful investment funds – HP Invest, Maj Invest and Fundamental Invest – all report that very few customers are referred to them by the nation’s largest banks. – Børsen

Mayor wants expanded harbour tunnel

Copenhagen's mayor, Frank Jensen (Socialdemokraterne), believes that the harbour tunnel currently being built between Nordhavn and Amager should be incorporated with the Metro expansion that could extend all the way from Nordhavn to Refshaleøen and on to Malmö, Sweden. The transport minister, Henrik Dam Kristensen (Socialdemokraterne), is looking into whether Jensen’s plan is feasible. – Ingeniøren

Brøndby win relegation battle

Brøndby managed to maintain their Superliga status on the last day of the season at the expense of Horsens after an intense match on Monday night. Brøndby needed only a draw, and despite having a man sent off with twenty minutes to go, young South African striker Lebogang Phiri scored the only goal of the game in injury time. Silkeborg joined Horsens in relegation, while Viborg and FC Vestsjælland won promotion from Division One. –