Aland. The traditional Åland spring hunt for eider cocks,
guding, became an issue for the EU during the year. In
March, the European Commission drew Finland to the European
Court of Justice with reference to the EU Birds Directive,
which prohibits hunting of migratory birds during breeding
and rearing of youngsters. However, the Åland Provincial
Government decided that this year's hunt should be completed
with the quota of 2,000 deities in May.
In 2010, lots of champagne was found in a shipwreck on
the seabed outside Åland. There has since been a plan to mix
the wreck campaign with freshly produced champagne and
invite the Ålanders at the autonomous centenary anniversary
of 2022. But that will not happen. An expert analysis during
the year showed that the almost two centuries old champagne
is not drinkable but may become a museum object.
When the UK leaves the EU, Finland gets an extra mandate
in the European Parliament and the provincial government
expected that place to be vacated for Åland. But at the end
of the year, it was clear that Åland will not be given its
own mandate in the European Parliament.