The committee structure largely corresponds to the structure of ministries. The Ministry of Social Affairs, for instance, corresponds to the Social Affairs committee in the People’s Assembly (Folketing). The Ministry of Taxation corresponds to the Fiscal Affairs committee in the assembly. Other committees, for instance, deal with energy, defense, culture, environment, health and education, and all know who “their” minister is. A few committees don’t have such an easy parallel, such as the European Affairs committee. Although the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for coordinating EU policy, the European Affairs committee will have consultations (samråd) with all ministers that take part in EU council meetings, and seek a mandate for upcoming negotiations in the council. So this creates some internal coordination problems in the People’s Assembly, between the European Affairs committee and the committees dealing with the substance of EU legislation (fagudvalg).
Folketinget, Håndbog i Folketingsarbejdet, Oktober 2005.
Finn Laursen, “The Danish Folketing and its European Affairs Committee: Strong Players in the National policy Cycle,” in Andreas Maurer and Wolfgang Wessels (eds.), National Parliaments on their Ways to Europe: Losers or Latecomers? Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2001., pp. 99-115.
Finn Laursen, “The Role of National Parliamentary Committees in European scrutiny: Reflections based on the Danish Case,” in Katrin Auel and Arthur Benz, eds., The Europeanisation of Parliamentary Democracy. Abingdon: Routledge, 2006, pp. 110-125.