Morning Briefing – Friday, June 14

June 14th, 2013

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

Consumers wary of new US deal

Consumer organisations have warned trade minister Pia Olsen Dyhr (Socialistisk Folkeparti) that a free trade agreement between the EU and the USA could weaken consumer protection. Benedicte Federspiel from consumer advocates Forbrugerrådet argued that the potential deal could have catastrophic consequences and endanger transparency in trade. – Politiken

Public schools get funding boost

The government and the councils agreed on a financial deal that will send more money to public schools. Finance minister Bjarne Corydon (Socialdemokraterne) finalised a package yesterday that will send schools an extra 200 million kroner next year, and give them a 400 million kroner bump in 2015. – Jyllands-Posten

Local politicians want more money

The vast majority of local politicians want the government to relax its strict spending policies next year. According to a new survey compiled by Berlingske Research, 83 percent of local council politicians were “in total agreement” or “agreed to an extent” to an easing of spending policy, arguing that  more spending would encourage growth. – Berlingske

Environmental oversight planes misused

Challenger aircraft that were intended to be used for environmental monitoring of the seas to meet international protocols have instead been used by the royal family and for VIP trips for ministers, according a new report from the Danish tactical air command, Flyvertaktisk Kommando. –Ingeniøren

TDC could turn to Chinese for help

Telecom giant TDC is considering a bid from Chinese equipment producer Huawei to operate and modernise their mobile phone network. Huawei is expected to underbid TDC’s existing deal with Swedish company Ericsson, which has been in place since 2008. Some officials are worried that the move will compromise security. – Børsen

Mediator refused to shake female student’s hand

An exam mediator for a math exam at Herning HF and VUC caused a stir when he refused to shake the hands of the female students due to religious reasons. A number of the students were upset and wanted a new mediator. Despite appealing to several ministries, their pleas were rejected. The students said that they did not want to be discriminated against because of their sex. – Information

Okore signs with Villa

Jores Okore completed a 35-million kroner transfer to Premier League outfit Aston Villa from FC Nordsjælland yesterday. The 20-year-old signed a four-year contract with the Birmingham club and said he looked forward to playing on a young team. Okore may be joined by young Aalborg striker Nicklas Helenius who also looks close to completing a Villa move. – Tipsbladet


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