Morning Briefing – Wednesday, June 19

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

Lawmakers watching electronic payment deal

Reports that NETS, the company that handles Dankort, NemID and Betalingsservice is for sale has lawmakers concerned that a new owner may try to test the boundaries of current regulations by raising fees or reducing investments. Leaders promised yesterday to keep a close eye on any new owner to make sure they follow the law. – Berlingske

Government throwing money at doctors

The government is desperately trying to head off futher conflict with the nation's doctors. The health minister, Astrid Krag (Socialistisk Folkeparti), wants to offer the doctors 97 million kroner in wage and regulation fees next year. The head of the GP union (PLO), Henrik Dibbern, said he appreciated the offer but that it was not enough. – Jyllands-Posten

Metro neighbours denied day in court

Neighbours of the 20 Metro construction sites will not be included next week when the property rights commission, Ekspropriationskommissionen, renders its decisions on the largest property rights case in history. The commission head, Helle S Andersen, argued that case wouldn’t be finished until 2016 if neighbours were allowed to testify.  – Politiken

Novo Nordisk loses patent appeal

Drug maker Novo Nordisk lost its appeal in a US patent case over its diabetes medications Prandin and Prandimet. A federal appeals court in Washington upheld the 2011 decision stating that Sun Pharmaceutical and Paddock Laboratories had not breeched Novo Nordisk’s patents. – TV2 News

Foreigners to get full child allowance 

A ruling by the European Commission will allow EU citizens to receive quarterly child allowance checks as soon as they arrive in Denmark. The ruling struck down a 2012 decision by parliament which said that EU citizens could receive only 25 percent of the child allowance after living and working in Denmark for six months and the full allowance after two years. – DR News

Ombudsman cracks down on Rejsekort

Henrik Øe, the consumer ombudsman, has waded into the ongoing problems surrounding the electronic travel card, Rejsekort. Øe said that the traffic companies, including Movia and DSB, which operate the travel card, must provide a clear and transparent pricing overview and a new self-service solution. – Ingeniøren

Helenius moves to Villa

Premier League club Aston Villa has Danish duo on its roster after they signied Nicklas Helenius from Aalborg yesterday. The 22-year-old striker signed a three-year contract and will team up with fellow countryman Jores Okore, who joined the Birmingham club a few days ago. Helenius finished second on the Superliga top scorer list last season, finishing with 16 goals. –