A government appointed work group has declared that the indigenous Sami population of Sweden should be granted further freedom to undertake activities other than their traditional reindeer herding, as reported in The Local last week.
Current legislation stipulates that the Sami herders are forbidden from partaking in activities other than reindeer herding, which was found to be antiquated by the working group. The group declared that in modern society it had become more difficult for Sami to support themselves through the solitary practice of herding and that the rules governing the people and the practice were in need of updating.
There are approximately 20,000 Sami in Sweden, mostly located in the country’s north, where their traditions have brought them increasingly under fire from animal rights activists.
The working group’s proposal allows for those Sami who are not involved in herding to become a member of the sameby or ‘Sami village’ scheme. At present there are 51 samebys in Sweden. Samebys are the financial and administrative collectives that have sole reindeer herding rights. These collectives comprise of roughly 10 percent of the Sami population and also control fishing and hunting rights within their zone.
The head of the governing board of the Sami Parliament Sara Larsson voiced both praise and disappointment at the proposal: “There are some good things there, but we had hoped for greater reforms which take into account the land and water rights of all Sami”. Larsson also criticised the group for not requesting that Sweden join the International Labour Organisation’s Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention. She did however praise efforts to encourage samebys to pursue activities outside of reindeer herding.
wasn’t it simplier to ask Alex to move that post than replying here ?!
>the general idea is to ruin Iceland and force it into the EU
Iceland is simply not that important. If it was, don’t you think that the EU would have bent over backwards to help the current pro-EU government?
Where it is important is where it can have a direct impact on the stability of European financial systems. If the deposit guarantee was seen as elective, then that would have introduced instability into the EU member states.
The basic problem is that the EU is strangling Iceland with the IMF using UK and NL and with the support of the Nordic countrys, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland,
the general idea is to ruin Iceland and force it into the EU, the poisonous apple in this case is the IceSave deal, if it would be accepted by Iceland it would guarantee state bankruptcy, and of course the collateral is Iceland its resources and people.
Wrong thread to discuss it, but short answer is that NL & UK are only chasing Iceland for the EUR 20k per depositor. Not the EUR 100k in NL and the 100% in the UK.
Any excess amount will have to be covered by the UK & NL.
Trouble with Sami people again … huff, why don’t let them to have an Autonomous Territory to self-governate ? (e.g. likely some Russian ‘oblast’)
An united Lappland (the area must be formed by present Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish Lapplands), and agreements with those three continues to continue their previously opened activities.
I doubt the Nordic Council could agree with me :P
Holland has sent a bill to Iceland concerning Icesave for an amount of eur. 1.600.000.000,00
Did Holland specify this total amount?
In my opinion Iceland could pay back to Holland only eur 20.000,00 but the minister of Finance of Holland raised this amount, at his own initiative, to eur 100.000,00 and just this action to raise from 20.000,00 into 100.000,00 of our minister of Finance, Wouter Bos, was unlawfull and incorrect.
Economists and lawayers discussed this matter direct on television and in daily papers, they confirmed the unlawfull and incorrect action from our minister of finance. Are the Icelandic authorities aware of this fact? How is it with payments from the semi governmental depts. from Holland to Icesave regarding transfers of far above 100 million euros, will Iceland pay back the full amounts or only the requested eur. 20.000,00?
I am also disappointed how little support Iceland received from Brussels and I.M.F. regarding Icesave. Holland and England has forced Iceland to accept a Maffia agreement ending with that there is no winner, only losers. Why is Iceland not going first to the International Court to find out what is legal to pay and what not. ( eur 80.000,00)
for each saver in Holland.
I wrote this article because I am a Dutchman married with an Icelandic woman and I am emotionally committed with Iceland.
In my opinion the total debt of Icesave is not more than a few hundred millions of euros.
I appreciate if I could recieve some answers in the Icesave matter.