DF wants to move thousands of public sector jobs to the provinces

Minister promises government plan before opening of parliament

Dansk Folkeparti (DF) has made a concrete proposal for which government jobs it wants to be moved from the capital. Currently 28 percent of all public sector jobs are in Copenhagen Municipality, while 44 percent are in the capital region.

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DF has previously called for the agriculture and fisheries agency NaturErhvervstyrelsen, the road directorate Vejdirektoratet, the nature agency Naturstyrelsen, the geodata agency Geodatastyrelsen and the energy agency Energistyrelsen to be moved to other parts of Denmark.

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NaturErhvervstyrelsen alone has 800 employees in Copenhagen. Peter Skaarup, the head of DF, told TV2 that it makes sense to move jobs like these to other parts of the country.

“If we take for example NaturErhvervstyrelsen, it creates the framework for Danish farmers and fishermen and the nature that surrounds us,” he said.

“So it is natural that this kind of organisation be situated in rural areas.”

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In addition, DF wants to relocate a number of other bodies with employees currently in the capital to other parts of the country, including: the railway infrastructure body Banedanmark, the meteorogical institute DMI, the maritime authority Søfartsstyrelsen, the environmental agency Miljøstyrelsen, the culture agency Kulturstyrelsen, the education and science agency Styrelsen for Videregående Uddannelser and the tourist body VisitDenmark.

Troels Lund Poulsen, the minister for business and growth, declined to comment on the concrete proposals.

“We have written in the government program that prior to the opening of parliament we will present a plan for the relocation of governmental jobs, and I am sticking to that,” he said.