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Mechanisms of Vertical Integration


National — sub-national linkages


With regards to the current NSDS, there are no strategic mechanisms for the involvement of sub-national levels in the implementation.

In the preparation of the current NSDS (from 2009), the sub-national levels were involved in the consultation process and in the ‘direct dialogues’.

The municipalities have their own SD strategies, which are required by the Planning Act. These ‘Agenda 21 strategies’ must be renewed every four years. There is no direct link between these strategies and the NSDS. However, an indirect link exists, as the strategies have to be submitted to the Ministry of Environment.

Furthermore, there are several partnerships between the national and sub-national levels, e.g. a Green Public Procurement Partnership. These partnerships are related to the objectives formulated in the NSDS.

EU linkages


The renewed EU Strategy for Sustainable Development (EU SDS) that was adopted in June 2006 foresees that Member States bi-annually report about how they address the priorities of the EU SDS. Denmark has published its first national report on implementing the EU SDS in summer 2007.


This Country Profile has been last updated on: Monday, 03 December 2012

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