Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen II

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Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen retained his parliamentary support in the 2005 Danish parliamentary election, and was able to continue as head of his government. On 18 February 2005, he presented his updated cabinet, the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen II. The main issues of the cabinet has so far been an administrative reform that slashed the number of municipalities and replaced the thirteen counties with five regions.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen has referred to the reform as the biggest reform in thirty years. Furthermore, a reform of the police and judicial systems is as of 1 January 2007 being implemented, changing the numbers of police districts and city courts from 54 to 12 and 82 to 22 respectively. Rasmussen retained parliamentary support in the 2007 election and continued as Prime Minister in the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen III, formed on 23 November 2007.

Notable events[edit]

  • On 8 June 2005 somebody made an arson attack on Minister for Refugees, Immigrants and Integration Rikke Hvilshøj's home. Rikke Hvilshøj, her husband, and her two small children escaped unharmed. It is not clear who was behind the attack (Though one unknown group has claimed responsibility), or what the motive were. Following the attack security was stepped up for several ministers. [1]
  • In January 2006 Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen became embroiled in the controversy of the Muhammad cartoons which initially were published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
  • On 13 December 2006 Lars Barfoed was forced to resign as Minister of Family and Consumption because of issues with the ministry's food inspections. Carina Christensen was named as Barfoed's replacement.
  • On 21 February 2007 Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that the 460 Danish troops in Iraq will have left by August.

Changes from the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen I[edit]

List of ministers and portfolios[edit]

Some periods in the table below start before 18 February 2005 or end after 23 November 2007 because the minister was also in the Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen I or III.

Portfolio Minister Period Party
Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen 27 November 2001 – Venstre
Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller 27 November 2001 – Conservative People's Party
Finance Minister Thor Pedersen 27 November 2001 – 23 November 2007 Venstre
Interior and Health Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen 27 November 2001 – 23 November 2007 Venstre
Justice Minister Lene Espersen 27 November 2001 – Conservative People's Party
Minister of Defense Søren Gade 24 April 2004 – Venstre
Culture Minister Brian Mikkelsen 27 November 2001 – Conservative People's Party
Minister for Taxation Kristian Jensen 2 August 2004 – Venstre
Minister of Economic and Business Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister Bendt Bendtsen 27 November 2001 – Conservative People's Party
Minister of Nordic Cooperation Connie Hedegaard 18 February 2005 – 23 November 2007 Conservative People's Party
Minister of Traffic and Minister of Energy Flemming Hansen 27 November 2001 – 12 September 2007 Conservative People's Party
Jakob Axel Nielsen 12 September 2007 – 23 November 2007 Conservative People's Party
Minister of Family and Consumption Lars Barfoed 18 February 2005 – 14 December 2006 Conservative People's Party
Carina Christensen 15 December 2006 – 23 November 2007 Conservative People's Party
Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Hans Christian Schmidt 2 August 2004 – 12 September 2007 Venstre
Eva Kjer Hansen 12 September 2007 – Venstre
Minister of Employment Claus Hjort Frederiksen 27 November 2001 – Venstre
Minister of Science, Technology and Development Helge Sander 27 November 2001 – Venstre
Minister of Education Bertel Haarder 18 February 2005 – Venstre
Church Minister Bertel Haarder 18 February 2005 – 23 November 2007 Venstre
Social Minister and Minister for Equal Rights Eva Kjer Hansen 2 August 2004 – 12 September 2007 Venstre
Karen Jespersen 12 September 2007 – 23 November 2007 Venstre
Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs 18 February 2005 – Venstre
Minister for Refugees, Immigrants and Integration Rikke Hvilshøj 18 February 2005 – 23 November 2007 Venstre
Minister for the Environment Connie Hedegaard 2 August 2004 – 23 November 2007 Conservative People's Party

References[edit]

Preceded by
Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen I
Cabinet of Denmark
18 February 2005 – 23 November 2007
Succeeded by
Cabinet of Anders Fogh Rasmussen III