Overview: New Ministries result in Changes within supply and environment

The new Danish government has changed the ministries' fields of responsibility. These changes are very important to central areas of public law. We will describe the most important changes within supply and environment below.

The government has made a new division of the ministries' responsibilities and in this connection, it has abolished ministries and established new. The new fields of responsibility have resulted in important changes within supply and environment. These changes are:

SUPPLY

  • New aggregate ministry: The former Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building is changed into the Ministry of Energy, Supply and Climate.
  • In the environmental area, the new ministry will take over matters concerning waste and water supply, including the Water Sector Act, the Act on municipal assignment of water and waste water disposal and the Payment Services Act. In addition, the ministry will also take over matters concerning contribution rates to water supply systems and requirements for companies that collect waste.
  • Within business affairs and growth, the ministry will take over matters concerning supply of telecommunication, including the Telecommunications Act, the Act on radio frequencies and the Act on telecommunication masts.
  • In addition, the ministry will be responsible for the Act on registration of line owners and the Danish Geodata Agency, while the Energy Board of Appeal will be transferred to the Ministry of the Environment and Food, see below.

What can we expect?

Traditionally, the supply area has been characterised by a silo mentality, but with the technological development and the supply utilities' innovation and wish to recycle resources, there are a number of profitable symbioses between the different supply utilities. For example, sewage treatment plants produce sludge which can become biogas or be incinerated creating heat. Previously, this symbiosis between the different supply utilities was difficult due to the regulatory barriers.

One of the most important purposes of establishing a "supply ministry" is to give the municipalities and the supply utilities the possibility of making the best of their resources.

Further, the sector regulation is not uniform within the different supply areas, and the new division will contribute to a more appropriate and uniform regulation. At the same time, it will be exciting to see how the consideration for the environment - which is e.g. a special priority under the Water Sector Act - will do in the new ministry.

ENVIRONMENT

The Ministry of the Environment and the food area will be joined into the Ministry of the Environment and Food.

In addition to the areas transferred from the former Ministry of the Environment to the Ministry of Energy, Supply and Climate, see above, matters concerning the framework of an area's physical development, including the Act on summerhouses and camping etc., the Act on allotment gardens and - most importantly - the Planning Act will be transferred to the Ministry of Business and Growth. 

Matters concerning EIA (environmental impact assessment) will stay with the Ministry of the Environment and Food.

What can we expect?

For many years, the environmental area has been the responsibility of the same ministry and many rules reflect a mutual connection and interaction. It will be exciting to see how rules and case law will develop now the environmental area is going to be administered by several ministries.

ABOLISHMENT AND JOINING OF A NUMBER OF STANDING COMMITTEES

In addition to the above changes, there have also been changes in the standing committees within i.a. the above area.

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Rikke Søgaard Berth

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Henriette Soja

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