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1. The Standing Orders CommitteeThe Constitutional Act of the Kingdom of Denmark, Ministers’ responsibility and the legal immunity of Members of the Danish Parliament, the Standing Orders, including the budget and the Administration of the Danish Parliament, the control of State auditing, additional paid occupations of the Speaker, Ministers and the auditors of public accounts.
2. The Scrutineers’ CommitteeScrutinising general elections which were not approved by the Danish Parliament before the Committee was set up, scrutinising complaints about elections which have already been approved, scrutinising elections to the European Parliament as well as the forfeiture of eligibility of Members of the Danish Parliament and Members of the European Parliament.
3. The Employment Committee
Matters pertaining to the labour market, including labour law issues, unemployment insurance, the working environment, the employment service, supplementary pensions, active social policy, maintenance allowances in connection with illness and childbirth, industrial injury insurance, State civil servants, etc.
4. The Housing and Urban Affairs CommitteePublic housing, student and youth housing, private accommodation for people who receive comprehensive care, private rental housing, urban renewal, owner-occupier flats and houses, cooperative housing etc.
5. The Children’s and Education Committee
Day care, leisure and club schemes for children and young people, municipal primary and lowersecondary schools, free basic schools, continuation schools etc., upper secondary schools, vocational education schemes, adult education and post school education and national minorities etc.
6. The Business, Growth and Export Committee
Trade, handicrafts, industry, shipping, the pilotage authority, tourism and the financial sector and company law, accounts and auditing, foreign currency, pricing, trade and competition legislation, patents, trademarks and designs, telephony and internet regulation, the promotion of trade, growth, exports and investment promotion, etc.
7. The European Affairs Committee
The Danish Parliament’ s control of the Government’s EU policy. The European Affairs Committee deals with matters pertaining to the European Union and the WTO, and the Committee coordinates the Danish Parliament’s reading of matters relating to the EU’s institutions.8. The Finance Committee Finance Bills, factual matters pertaining to appropriations ( legal documents) from Ministers, supplementary appropriation Bills, Government loans, the report on the State budget elaborated by the auditors of public accounts, financial policy in general, etc. 9. The Defence Committee Matters pertaining to the Danish Defence, conscription, civilian conscripts, civilian institutions belonging under the armed forces and other matters, as well as security issues related to the tasks of the Danish Defence. The Municipal and the State Rescue Leagues, the Danish Emergency, the Nuclear Preparedness and nuclear security.
10. The Naturalization Committee
Matters pertaining to naturalization and general issues regarding naturalization.
11. The Ecclesiastical Affairs CommitteeThe Danish National Evangelical Lutheran Church, the burial authorities, the position of other religious communities and other matters.
12. The Climate, Energy and Building Committee
National and international efforts aimed at combating climate change. Energy planning, energy supplies, including exploration, energy recovery, and the use of hydrocarbons, renewable energy, energy conservation, as well as the ownership, location and safety of energy plants. Meteorology, State-owned office buildings, the administration of university buildings and constructions, including construction regulations and trial constructions.
13. The Municipal Affairs Committee
The administration of the municipalities and regions, tasks shared by the municipalities, municipal and regional tasks, municipal property tax and income tax, municipal equalization and general subsidies to municipalities and regions, legislation on general elections, the national register, digitizing the public sector, etc.
14. The Cultural Affairs Committee
Matters pertaining to culture and the arts, including libraries, museums, archives, theatres, cinemas, the radio and TV stations, the conservation of buildings, the cultural environment and ancient monument, sports, youth and adult education; folk high schools, copyright law and education in the areas of theatre, film, music and pictorial art.
15. The Gender Equality CommitteeMatters pertaining to gender equality, including domestic and international measures aimed at attaining gender equality.
16. The Environment CommitteeEnvironmental protection, nature conservation, forestry, physical planning and genetic engineering, hunting, game management, acquisitions for recreational purposes, domestic climate adaptation, the preservation of natural amenities, raw materials in the soil and on the sea bed, mapping and surveying etc.
17. The Legal Affairs CommitteeThe judicial system, the police force, including the Administration of Justice Act, legal charges, penal legislation, ordinary law of property, including land registration, traffic rules, animal welfare and other matters. The Committee submits a recommendation on the election of the Ombudsman of the Danish Parliament and on the Ombudsman’s annual report, and the Committee can recommend the dismissal of the Ombudsman.
18. The Fiscal Affairs Committee Income tax, the assessed value of real estate, duties on the estates of deceased persons and gifts, subsidies/grants to children and young people, corporation tax, pension investment returns tax, land registration tax, value-added tax, environmental tax, energy tax, motor vehicle tax, selective excise duties, tax on winnings, social security contributions and customs duties.
19. The Social Affairs Committee
Social conditions, including retirement pensions, early retirement pensions, individual housing allowances and benefits, child benefits, schemes, help and support for elderly, endangered adults, endangered children and, people with reduced functional capacity and family law.
20. The Health Committee
Matters pertaining to health, sicknesses and prevention, including the hospital services, health insurance, the primary health sector, chemists, drugs, persons working in the pharmaceutical sector, ethics and research in the health area and measures connected with alcohol and drug abuse.
21. The Transport Committee
The railway services, roads, goods transport, taxis, buses, public transport, bridges, ferries, airports, harbours, coast protection and the postal service, etc.
22. The Foreign Affairs Committee
Foreign policy and security policy issues as well as cooperation concerning developing countries.
23. The Research, Innovation and Further Education Committee
Universities, research councils and research institutions etc., research programmes and international programmes, trade, academic and professional programmes, artistic programmes, maritime programmes, grants, technological development and innovation, the Advanced Technology Group (GTS institutter), the Danish Board of Technology and Industrial PhD programmes.
24. The Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Committee
Food, agriculture, fishing, gardening and horticulture, veterinary issues and soil improvement.
25. The Rural Districts and Islands Committee
Conditions and developments in rural districts and on small islands.
26. The Immigration and Integration Affairs Committee
Matters concerning legislation on aliens, refugees, immigrants and ethnic minorities, where residence in Denmark is concerned. Legislation on integration.