Doubts raised over the economy of new maritime strategy for Denmark

The Danish government’s growth team received many accolades for its report and recommendations from the participants and ministers who attended a dialogue meeting in Copenhagen on Thursday. Yet the chance of the proposals, involving expenses, becoming a reality is not looking good. This was the impression participants left with.

Lots of praise was given to the report and the six recommendations which the government’s maritime growth team presented at a meeting for a large number of representatives from the entire maritime business community on Thursday. Present were also the three ministers involved in the growth team, Minister of Business and Growth, Ole Sohn, Minister for the Environment, Ida Auken, and Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education, Martin Østergaard.

The task of the growth team has not been to analyze the general framework conditions for production in Denmark. The growth team’s focus has been determined strictly by sectors in relation to growth opportunities in the maritime industry, but some of the contributions given at the meeting on Thursday in fact dealt with the general business conditions in Denmark, says a participant of the meeting to ShippingWatch. The person in question notes that the meeting with the maritime growth team took place on the same day the government and its political majority passed a tax reform that eliminated the so-called “engineers arrangement” , which gave tax breaks to employees who work abroad for much of the time.

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