There are various interdepartmental coordination mechanisms at the level of civil servants. Often coordination starts at lower levels and moves up for a final check at the level of undersecretaries. Some committees of undersecretaries shadow cabinet committees within the government.
An area that requires a lot of coordination is EU legislation. From the start of Denmark’s membership, coordination between the ministries has taken place. Currently there are more than 30 EU special committees within the administration dealing with specific EU policies. These special committees involve representatives from ministries and agencies, and often also from interest organizations, that are concerned with the legislation in question. The lead ministry will chair these special committees.
The top-level committee is the EU committee chaired by the Foreign Ministry. Ministries that have most EU cases are permanent members. Other ministries take part on an ad hoc basis. At the cabinet level it is the foreign minister who chairs the foreign policy committee, but when it comes to meetings in the European Council these meetings are prepared by a permanent undersecretary committee chaired by the undersecretary in the PMO.
Specialudvalg under EU-udvalget, at http://www.eu-oplysningen.dk/upload /application/pdf/63ed1b4d/Specialud valg%20under%20EU-Udvalget%20til%20 FT%20%283%29%20%283%29.pdf
Finn Laursen, “Denmark: in pursuit of influence and legitimacy,” in Wolfgang Wessels, Andreas Maurer and Jürgen Mittag (eds.), Fifteen into one? The European Union and its member states. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003, pp. 92-114.
Jens Blom-Hansen og Jørgen Grønnegård Christensen, Den europæiske forbindelse. Århus: Magtudredningen, 2004.