The Danish government decided on Tueday to postpone the presentation of proposals for a general social policy reform. The presentation was originally due for the end of February and had been announced by the Prime Minister in his New Year’s Speech.
The reforms are generally considered politically complicated as one of the aims would be to increase the actual age of retirement on the Danish labour marked. The former Social Democratic-led government attempted similar reforms in 1998 which led to the break-down of support for the Social Democrats. The reforms were also supposed to address another highly controversial theme: Labour marked participation among immigrants and their descendants.
On Monday Professor Christen Sørensen published an Op-Ed in the Conservative (!) daily Berlingske Tidende where he lambasted the work of the “Welfare Commission” which prepared the material for the reforms and also presented far-reaching proposals regarding social, labour market and tax policy in early December.