Mogens Camre

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Mogens Niels Juel Camre (born on 29 March 1936 in Randers) is a Danish politician and former Member of the European Parliament with the Danish People's Party (Danish: Dansk Folkeparti), a Vice-Chairman of the Union for a Europe of Nations and sat on the European Parliament's Committee on Budgetary Control and its Committee on Employment and Social Affairs.

He was also substitute for the Committee on Constitutional Affairs.

Controversy[edit]

Camre has made statements on several occasions which occasioned controversy. Most recently he stated that

"When I look at the voting rules, I see that countries like Romania and Bulgaria have many more votes than Denmark and Sweden and Finland, and I think - honestly speaking - that we are more clever than they are,"[1]

This statement was interpreted by several other MEPs, among them Hannes Swoboda, an Austrian Social-Democrat and Renate Weber, a Romanian MEP, to mean that Camre had stated that Danes were more clever than Bulgarians and Romanians.

On 13 November 2007 he was elected to the Danish parliament, but only two days later announced that he declined his seat in parliament because it would mean that he couldn't finish his term in the European Parliament.[2]

Education[edit]

  • 1961: Bachelor of commerce (accountancy)
  • 1967: Master's degree in political and economic science

Career[edit]

  • 1967-1968 and 1987-1995: Civil servant, Budget Department of Finance Ministry
  • 1974-1989: Member of Tax Tribunal
  • since 1980: Chairman of the Board of KTAS (1982-1992) and board member of a number of other companies
  • 1985-1987: Member of the Board of Governors of Denmark's National Bank
  • 1995-1999: Budgetary Adviser with Denmark's Permanent Representation to the EU
  • 1962-1966 and 1968-1987: Member of Executive Social Democratic Party in Copenhagen
  • 1967-1968 and 1981-1982: Member of National Executive of Social Democratic Party
  • 1981-1982: Member of Danish TUC's Executive Committee
  • 1981-1982: Member of the Executive Committee of the Labour Movement's Economic Council
  • 1968-1987: Member of the Folketing
  • Member of several Folketing committees, including the Political and Economic Affairs Committee
  • Chairman of the Folketing's Environment and Planning Committee
  • Vice-Chairman of the Folketing's Market Relations and Finance Committees
  • since 1999: Member of the European Parliament
  • since 1999: Vice-Chairman of the Union for Europe of the Nations Group

Quotes[edit]

Mogens Camre, Danish People's Party's annual meeting (September 16, 2001):[3]

"The Islamic political-religious movement deals with world supremacy, as did other fanatic political ideologies in history. This world supremacy they are not able to achieve by military means, but try to achieve by flooding the world with people. All western countries are infiltrated by the Muslims - and some of them speak to us nicely, while they wait to be many enough to have us removed - like in the Sudan, Indonesia, Nigeria and in the Balkans."

"There shall not be given concessions to Islamic demands of a place in Denmark - never shall there be built a mosque in our country."

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