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Small game hunts to continue

Published onsdag 9 februari 2011 kl 17.42

Citizens in other EU-countries will continue to be able to hunt small game in the Swedish mountains. This is despite the fact that the red and green opposition parties and the Sweden Democrats are in agreement that the 2007 law, opening up the hunt to all EU-citizens should be abolished. They claim it is threatening the Swedish mountain world.

Had it not been for the "human factor", the four parties would have also won the vote in parliament on Wednesday.

Together they make up three more votes than the four government parties. But with one Sweden Democrat being away, one Left party MP not managing to vote in time, one Christian Democrat voting even though he or she was supposed to have abstained due to the pairing system and the vote of one Social Democrat not registering, although he or she claims to have pressed the button - the result was actually a victory for the centre right government parties.

The law was introduced in 2007 by the government, claiming that it would be a trade barrier against the rest of the European Union if other EU-citizen's were not allowed to hunt as well.

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