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Government split over charge on motorists

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According to the government proposal motorists will be charged for entering central Copenhagen
Disagreement over a toll ring around Copenhagen is now threatening the survival of the Danish governing coalition, according to media sources. A decision has now been pushed by the Prime Minister to Wednesday (updated)

If Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt fails to come up with a congestion charge plan, there is no guarantee that the Socialist People's Party will remain in government. This is what a highly-placed Socialist People’s Party (SPP) source says to Danish media Berlingske, reports Seven59.dk.

»We’ve fully considered all the consequences,« says the source. »There isn’t just division about how much money the toll ring will raise, but also about when it will be in place.«

A key demand from the junior partner in the governing coalition Socialist People's Party was that a congestion charge will be set up, charging motorists on entering, and providing at least DKK 2bn annually. The money would be spent on cheaper public transport.

Drama expected at press conference

However the figure emerging from ongoing negotiations is closer to DKK 700-800m.

The Prime Minister, Socialist People's Party leader Villy Søvndal, Finance Minister Bjarne Corydon, and Tax Minister Thor Möger Pedersen will gather for a crisis meeting today Tuesday.

At her weekly press conference Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said that a solution would be presented tomorrow Wednesday, saying that she promises nothing on the controversial congestion charge proposal.

miy@adm.ku.dk

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