Headings 1971 - 2013

Here you can find some 40 years' history in bulletted summary-style format.

Freetown Christiania was founded. 

At a meeting in the Danish Ministry of Defence an interim agreement was entered between the Danish Ministry of Defence and residents in the Christiania area concerning the residents' continued use of the state's land and buildings in the area.

The government decided that Freetown Christiania could remain in the area for a period of 3 years. This was notified to the residents' negotiating delegation at a meeting on 14 June 1973.

The Danish Parliament adopted a motivated agenda, whereby the House encouraged the government to implement the adopted clearing of the area without unnecessary delay.

The Danish Ministry of Defence by the legal advisor to the government submitted a request for immediate enforcement proceedings for the eviction of all the residents in the area.

The application was denied promotion by the enforcement court.

 The appealed enforcement proceedings and Christiania's action brought against the state, "the Christiania case", was dealt with in the High Court of Eastern Denmark.

The Danish Ministry of Defence was acquitted of the claims from Christiania, and the Danish Ministry of Defence was successful in that the area was to be evacuated without prior notice. 

The Supreme Court ruled in the appealed case, where the judgement of the high court was upheld. The Supreme Court's judgement was not executed and did therefore not result in the shutdown of residence in the Christiania area.

In light of the Supreme Court's ruling, the Danish Parliament decided to adopt a motivated agenda, in which it appeared that one ought to allow the temporary use of the area to continue.

The Danish Ministry of Defence made a declaration to the residents of Christiania, which was printed in the Danish Official Journal on 7 June 1979, in which it was stated that the previous use of the Christiania area can continue.

The government decided to allow the consultant firm Mills & Grønborg to prepare a sketch for the future use of the Christiania area.

The sketch was submitted, and the consulting firm recommended a model, in which Christiania was to be established as "a legal experimental town".

The Danish Parliament considered a motion for a resolution of the shutting down of Christiania. It was not adopted.

The Danish Parliament adopted to set up a special committee for the future of Christiania.

The committee submitted a report and, at the same time, the Danish Parliament passed a law that a "special steering committee" was to be set up.

 The Special Steering Committee was set up consisting of Tine Bryld, Pia Kiørboe, Ib Møller and Alfred Dam (president).

The Minister of Defence submitted a draft law on the use of the Christiania area.

The proposal was adopted as Law no 399.

The Danish Minister of Defence set up The Special Governing Council as a substitute for The Special Steering Committee and, at the same time, the Christiania Secretariat was created.

The Mnister for the Environment issued a national planning directive for the Christiania area.

The Minister for the Environment approved the final district plan for Christiania.

 The first framework agreement with Christiania was signed by Christiania's Contact Group.

The first framework agreement was signed by the Danish Ministry of Defence.

During this period 1 year extensions of the framework agreement were entered.

Subsequently a satisfactory 3-year framework agreement was entered into.

The framework agreement was extended for a 5-year period. 

The government presented "Statement on Christiania" concerning the implementation of a new policy of Christiania and in continuation of this, the Christiania Committee was set up.

The committee submitted its reporting "The Future of the Christiania Area - Master Plan and Action Plan".

On the basis of the Christiania Committee's proposal, the Danish Minister of Defence submitted a draft law concerning amending the law on the use of the Christiania area.

The draft law was adopted with few minor amendments as Law no. 431.

The law went into force. 

The Danish Agency for Palaces and Cultural Properties presented the report "Future forms of Organisation and Ownership in the Christiania Area".

The Community Freetown Christiania and a number of individual residents and businesses at Christiania filed a lawsuit against the state claiming that they have right of use of all or parts of Christiania.

The Danish Agency for Palaces and Cultural Properties entered into a final agreement with Christiania, which meant that the buildings could be sold to a new social housing organisation.

Christiania decided to decline the final implementation of the agreement of 24 August 2007.

Christiania lost the lawsuit against the state in the High Court of Eastern Denmark and then appealed to the Supreme Court.

 Christiania lost the trial against the state in the Supreme Court.

Christiania and the state entered into an agreement concerning the future ownership of the Christiania area.

Buildings and land were transferred to the Foundation Freetown Christiania.

Legislative proposal for repealing the special law concerning the use of the Christiania area was put forward in the Danish Parliament.

Legislative proposal L 179 for repealing the Christiania law was approved by a broad majority in the Danish parliament.


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