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Council official in “Cognac for consent” row. Moose hunter claims harassment. Nobody can accuse northern Norway and its outlying islands of being dull – apart from in the winter for people who aren’t used to it. If it isn’t about killing polar bears, farting reindeer, or airports changing their name, it’s about dispensations for using a motorised vehicle in the wilderness. Complaint A man visited his local council office in Kautokeino, to check the progress of his application a couple of months ago. According to NRK, he felt so badly treated by the official, that he’s now asked both the council’s own chief administrative officer and the county governor to look into it.Wobbly decision-making

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Council official in “Cognac for consent” row

Published on Wednesday, 9th September, 2009 at 15:14 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Moose hunter claims harassment.

Crystal decanter and glasses with cognac
Crystal decanter and glasses with cognac
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Nobody can accuse northern Norway and its outlying islands of being dull – apart from in the winter for people who aren’t used to it. If it isn’t about killing polar bears, farting reindeer, or airports changing their name, it’s about dispensations for using a motorised vehicle in the wilderness.

Complaint

A man visited his local council office in Kautokeino, to check the progress of his application a couple of months ago. According to NRK, he felt so badly treated by the official, that he’s now asked both the council’s own chief administrative officer and the county governor to look into it.

Wobbly decision-making

From the progress of events, it looks as though said official had difficulty in making up his mind.

NRK reports that at first, the official said the applicant wouldn’t get dispensation, then he claimed that the application had been submitted too late, as the committee had already had a meeting about it.

But it didn’t stop there. Finally, the official said that because he, and he alone made the decisions in these matters, the man wouldn’t be given dispensation at all, despite whatever conclusion anyone else came to.

“Set ‘em up, Joe”

This isn’t the first time that the official has acted like this either, according to the applicant. At last year’s meeting about the same subject, he claims that the same employee said he could give him dispensation immediately, in return for a bottle of cognac.

“...I’ve tried to do my best when it comes to the local inhabitants,” the official said.

The county governor has declined to handle the matter, because he doesn’t regard the man’s complaint as being a formal one in relation to the law governing the dispensation.



Published on Wednesday, 9th September, 2009 at 15:14 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: svalbard, moose, hunting, hunter, wilderness, dispensation, application, council, official, cognac.





  
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