The Defence Commission 2008 had 29 members and was composed of politicians, government officials, officers and experts.
Defence Commission 2008
The Danish government decided, as part of the government program after the elections in November 2007, to set up a defence commission.
Defence Commission 2008 primary task was to make proposals for the development of the Danish armed forces and thereby prepare the political agreement on the defence development after 2009.
Members of the Commission
Defence Commission 2008 was led by former Minister of Defence Hans Hækkerup and was composed of politicians, government officials, officers and experts. In addition, this commission included members from Greenland and the Faeroe Islands.
This was primarily due to the tasks of the commission specifically to deal with the strategic importance of the Arctic in light of projected climate change.
The Commission held its first of a total of twenty meetings on 30th January 2008. The report was published on 26th March 2009.
Historically broad support
There was a historically broad support behind the report, and only one minority statement. Thus it formed the basis for subsequent political negotiations on a new five-year defence agreement.