Members of Parliament (MPs) not only serve as committee members as part of their parliamentary work; a large number of MPs are also members of the numerous delegations representing the Danish Parliament at meetings in international parliamentary assemblies.
Meetings with MPs from foreign parliaments
Alongside national parliaments, international parliamentary assemblies consisting of elected MPs from various countries regularly convene to discuss various subjects. The Danish Parliament is represented in these assemblies by a group of MPs, typically comprising five or six members, referred to as a delegation.
The international parliamentary assemblies typically debate subjects of global concern: security, stability, the environment and human rights.
Following a general election, the Danish Parliament appoints a number of members to the delegations, using the system that also applies when appointing committee members, i.e. the number of members is proportional to the number of seats in the Parliament for each political party.
In some delegations, membership is permanent and the members attend all meetings, whereas in others, the delegation members alternate.
The Danish Parliament appoints delegation members for the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA), the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NPA), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM-PA), and the Nordic Council.
MPs participate in the UN General Assembly
In addition to the permanent interparliamentary delegations described above, every year the Danish Parliament appoints six MPs in two rounds (twelve MPs in all) to participate in the government delegation representing Denmark at the UN General Assembly held every autumn in New York City.
Finally, there are a number of other one-off international conferences and meetings, including UN summits, for instance, where the Danish Parliament is represented by a delegation of MPs.