Danish Regions' overall mission is to safeguard the interests of the regions nationally as well as internationally.
The most important tasks of the organisation are:
- to safeguard regional government interests within health care, hospitals, special education, regional development, environment and finances
- to act as spokesman on behalf of the regions vis-à-vis national government, the EU, other interest organisations and the media
- to negotiate the annual financial frames of the regions with national government
- to negotiate pay and working conditions for regional employees as the regions' central employers and bargaining organisation
Danish Regions is run by a board of elected regional politicians from the five regions. The board is appointed for a four-year period, and reflects the political affinities of the 205 members of the five regional councils.
At the administrative level Danish Regions has a staff of 160 persons. The association is headed by the managing director and his board of three directors.
Danish Regions is an autonomous body governed by its members. The association is headed by a board appointed for a four-year period by the general assembly.
The supreme authority of Danish Regions is the annual general assembly where all 205 regional councillors from the five regions meet to decide on the overall political guidelines and the budget of Danish Regions.
The board elects one of its members as president. The president and the vicepresident are responsible for the day-to-day running of Danish Regions.
In addition, the board elects and sets up a number of committees covering various topics, e.g. health care, social affairs, regional development and international affairs.
The secretariat of Danish Regions is headed by a management board consisting of the managing director and three directors
The managing director is secretary to the board, and the secretariat carries out duties in accordance with the decisions of the board.