In October 2014, Thorning-Schmidt announced its intention to hold a referendum on transforming the rigid opt-out in housing and justice into a flexible opt-out after the next Danish parliamentary elections in September 2015, fearing that the opt-out could force Denmark to leave Europol.  Several parties, including the two largest parties in Parliament, the Social Democrats and the Liberals, agreed in December 2014 to hold the referendum after the next election, but before the end of the first quarter of 2016 if they win enough seats in the elections.  This was complemented by an agreement reached between the parties in March 2015, according to which, if the referendum was adopted, Denmark would adhere to 22 EU regulations in which it is currently unable to participate, including the Rome Regulation.   In order to accede to additional regulations, the agreement requires either consensual amounts received by the parties to the agreement or the publication of the proposal within the party`s platform before a subsequent election.  Today, the Danish government reached a political agreement with the Liberal Party (Venstre), the Conservative Party (Det Conservative Folkeparti) and the Socialist People`s Party (Socialistisk Folkeparti) on the list of legislative acts that Denmark will vote on if the next referendum is positive. In October 2012, Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt called for a one billion kronor rebate in the EU budget or she would veto the budget.  In February 2013, Denmark and the European Union agreed on a seven-year budget to accept the Danish request.  Today`s decision follows the agreement reached on 10 December 2014 by the political parties on a referendum on the Danish opt-out in the fields of justice and home affairs in order to turn it into an opt-in (see annex to Protocol 22 of the Lisbon Treaty). The parties agreed that the referendum would take place after the next parliamentary elections and no later than 31 March 2016.
3. In the context of negotiating international agreements that could affect or alter the scope of the Brussels I regulation attached to this agreement, Denmark will coordinate its position with the Community and refrain from any action that would compromise the objectives of a Community position within its jurisdiction in such negotiations. Agreement between the European Community and the Kingdom of Denmark on the judicial jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement of civil and commercial matters, the following referred to as “Community”, and the DANEMARK ROYAUME, the other part, as “Denmark”, of the other part,HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:Article 1Aim1.