The Danish European Movement is a cross-party membership organization for everyone, who wants to emphasise that they are European. Our objective is to contribute to the establishment of a more integrated Europe, where close and peaceful collaboration between the citizens of Europe exist. In order to achieve this, we believe that the European Union and The Council of Europe are essential.
The motto of the EU is ‘united in diversity’. We comply with this motto, and are therefore open to all political, economic, social and cultural trends in civil society.
The Danish European Movement has existed for more than 65 years, and is part of the International European Movement alongside other national European Movements in other European countries. The Council of Europe was created by the European Movement, and today we serve as information office for The Council of Europe in Denmark.
The Danish European Movement has 10 regional divisions and organise a wide range of events and activities all over Denmark. An important part of our work is to inform and initiate debates about the EU and the Council of Europe – both in the media, over the dinner table and in education. Therefore, we have a strong profile on social media, we publish news articles, and we have launched a webpage with teaching material for schools.
That Denmark is a small nation in the international perspective. Without the EU, Denmark does not have a voice in global matters. Therefore, we believe, that the Danish opt-outs should be abolished as they damage both Danish and European interests. Many political areas such as climate change, cybercrime and pollution are not confined by national borders. They are transnational issues, and can therefore not be solved nationally – the policy must be made cross borders as well.
To us, it makes as little sense to talk about being for or against the EU, as it does to talk about for or against a national Parliament. We believe that knowledge and respect for other cultures help to generate peace and prosperity in Europe. For that reason, it is a great part of our work to inform about the EU and other European countries.
We don’t believe…
That everything in the European collaboration is flawless. As in every political system, there is room for improvement. But if we want to improve the European Union, we have to sit at the table where the decisions are made.