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Timmermans rejects Danish parallel cooperation with Europol

Published: October 15, 2016, 12:35 pm

    European Commission vice president Frans Timmermans, is trying to use the simmering Europol issue in Denmark to his advantage in threatening to end security co-operation.

    The commission has said the results of a referendum means the Danish police will be excluded from Europol.

    The EU’s law enforcement agency that tackles organized crime, trafficking and terrorism, has now firmly rejected cooperation with Denmark in fighting terror and crime.

    Timmermans warned last month at the Danish Industry Summit in Copenhagen, that the Danes “should not be under any illusions” about being able to negotiate a parallel agreement on Europol.

    “You cannot be half pregnant,” he told TV2 News. “Either you are or you are not. If you vote to leave Europol, then you are out.”

    In September, the unelected and deeply unpopular Timmermans told Central European country Poland recently to get used to imposed demographic changes, accepting “diversity” as “the future of the world.”

    In a sinister speech on rising Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, he warned that unless every country in Europe embraces mass migration and “diversity,” Europe will “not remain a place of peace and freedom for very long.”

    Claus Oxfeldt, the chairman of the Danish police union Politiforbundet, has meanwhile frantically called for a new vote to keep Denmark in Europol.

    Danish liberals, Venstre, have also accused the Danish People’s Party of “tricking” people into rejecting deeper EU integration in last year’s referendum. The accusation suggests that Venstre knew in advance that the EC would be exploiting the Danish vote.

    The country voted, with a majority of 53 percent, not to replace the current opt-out on EU justice and home affairs with an opt-in model.

    In wanting to keep the arrangement under EU Justice and Home Affairs laws, the Scandinavian country must reach a parallel agreement with Brussels if it wishes to remain apart of the security co-operation.

    Venstre said Danish People’s Party promised a “no” vote wouldn’t end Denmark’s cooperation with the co-operative European police force, but unless new deals are signed Denmark and the UK will be outside Europol by 1 May 2017.

    Denmark’s prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said membership of EU police agency Europol is unlikely given last year’s referendum on the matter. “It’s still very doubtful whether we can succeed in finding a solution with the EU Commission,” he said.

    Rasmussen had promised that Denmark would never become a part of the EU’s joint asylum and immigration policies without the explicit consent of the people.

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