Morning Briefing – Wednesday, June 5

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

Vestager: Spend more money

Economy and internal affairs minister, Margrethe Vestager (Radikale), urged councils nation-wide to spend more money after a survey revealed that they were spending less than permitted. The survey, compiled by Epinion for trade union FOA, showed that every fourth council is set to spend less than their budget allows while just a few expect to spend more. – Politiken

Hong Kong halts import of Danish poultry and eggs

Hong Kong has temporarily suspended the importation of poultry and eggs from parts of Denmark and the Netherlands after a group of grey ducks north of Viborg were found to be infected with H7 bird flu. Last year, Hong Kong imported about 2,300 tonnes of poultry and around 80,000 eggs from Denmark. – Jyllands-Posten

Solar panel demand increasing

Much-debated loopholes in solar panel laws have created growing demand for the panels. Topdanmark, the country’s largest insurer in the agricultural sector, has insured nearly 5,000 solar panel systems and said they receive insurance requests on new installations daily. – Berlingske

International school opening in Billund

The International School of Billund will open in August for children from zero to third grade. Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, part of the Lego dynasty, is behind the school and said that the school will make the area more attractive for people to settle. Today, 44 percent of those working in Billund live in another council. – Ingeniøren

Faster diagnosis for psychological illnesses

The government has teamed up with the health care regions to ensure that those suffering from psychological illnesses receive faster diagnoses.  The diagnosis guarantee will be implemented in September 1, 2014 with a goal of reducing diagnosis time to one month by September, 2015. – Kristeligt-Dagblad

Partners bail on SAS

SAS has lost two of its biggest partner airlines; Lufthansa and United Airlines. SAS earned at least 500 million Swedish kroner annually flying customers in and out of Europe in cooperation with those partners, according to airline sources. – Børsen

Danes Czech in with mauling

The Danish under-19 football team began their Elite round Euro qualification in style by beating the Czech Republic 5-0 yesterday in Portugal. The win was secured thanks to two goals from Kenneth Zohore, a Czech own goal and one each from Danny Amankwa and Patrick da Silva. Denmark takes on Bulgaria tomorrow, who were thrashed by hosts Portugal 0-7. –