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Business Terms and Conditions

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Trade Council are a public authority and thus governed by the regulations laid down in the Danish Public Administration Act and the Danish Public Information Act, including the provisions regarding non-disclosure, confidentiality and pricing of services, among others.

 

Prices and business terms and conditions for the trade council's advisory services

Prices for advisory services

The Trade Council’s advisory services cost DKK 995 per hour as of 1 January 2019. This rate covers the adviser’s hours spent on delivering the requested service.
The minimum price per individual service provided is DKK 2,985. In addition, outlays incurred in connection with performing the service, such as materials purchase, information purchase/procurement, business travel expenses, etc. must also be reimbursed.

For information about services and prices, see the Executive Order on Payment for Services Provided by the Danish Foreign Service, Part 2, which can be read here (in Danish). 

The Trade Council’s general business terms and conditions can be read here (in Danish).

Duty of non-disclosure and confidentiality

Employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, including The Trade Council, are by virtue of their terms and conditions of employment bound by a duty of non-disclosure in relation to information, including competition-sensitive information about companies and trade secrets, that they are privy to as part of their contractual relationship, and all such employees have signed a solemn declaration to this effect. This duty of non-disclosure remains in force also after the employee has left the service. Violation of this duty of non-disclosure may lead to criminal prosecution in accordance with the Danish Criminal Code.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs treats information received from business partners and companies with confidentiality within the framework of Danish legislation, including competition-sensitive information and trade secrets as well as commercial and operational matters.

As a public authority, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is governed by the regulations laid down in the Danish Public Administration Act and the Danish Public Information Act, including the provisions regarding right of access to public administration files. The regulations laid down in this regard, including regarding right of access to public administration files, are mandatory and in relation to a third party are not permitted to be departed from through declarations, agreements or similar statements.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will consult the business partner/company before responding to any requests for right of access to public administration files pursuant to the Danish Public Administration Act and the Danish Public Information Act. The Danish Public Information Act contains provisions stipulating that information regarding facts that are of significant importance for the case matter can be exempted from the right of access to public administration files. Among other things, information on the private circumstances of individual persons, including their finances, and information on operating or business procedures can be exempted on the basis of an individual assessment pursuant to section 12 of the Danish Public Information Act.

Legal Framework

From 2000, Denmark’s export promotion activities have been collected in The Trade Council under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. With the creation of The Trade Council, all central government export and investment promotion activities were brought together under a single export promotion organisation, making it possible to achieve synergy between the various export promotion activities. The Trade Council ensures the Danish business community a single point of access to the central government export promotion system and contributes to ensuring improved utilisation of experience and expertise in this system. Click here to read the legislative bill on The Trade Council (in Danish).

The Trade Council’s legal framework is rooted in Act no. 53 of 31 January, Act no. 468 of 5 May 2010 and Act no. 361 of 11 April 2014 (in Danish).