Pirate Party (Iceland)

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Pirate Party
Píratar
Founder
Chairperson Birgitta Jónsdóttir
CEO Sindri Þór Hilmarsson
Founded 24 November 2012
Headquarters Sigtúni 59 kjallari, 105 Reykjavík
Membership  (2013) 520
Ideology
Political position Centre
International affiliation Pirate Parties International
Seats in the parliament
3 / 63
Website
piratar.is
Politics of Iceland
Political parties
Elections

The Pirate Party (Icelandic: Píratar) is a liberal political party in Iceland. The party was founded November 24, 2012[1][2] by MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir, previously a member of The Movement, and several prominent Internet activists, including Smári McCarthy.

They successfully applied for the ballot list letter Þ in order to run in the 2013 Icelandic parliamentary election. This marks their first electoral participation as well as the first party to request the letter Þ. The party managed to win three seats in the 2013 election and became the first pirate party in the world to enter a national parliament.

Recent issue stances[edit]

European Union[edit]

The party has not officially taken a position in favour of or against Iceland's accession to the European Union. The party has however concluded the following in a party policy on the European Union:[3]

  1. Iceland must never become a member of the European Union unless the membership agreement is put to a referendum after having been presented to the nation in an impartial manner.
  2. Should Iceland join the European Union, the country shall be a single constituency in elections to the European Parliament.
  3. Should Iceland join the European Union, Icelandic shall be one of its official languages.
  4. If negotiations on the accession of Iceland to the European Union halt, or membership is rejected by either party, a review of the agreement on the European Economic Area must be sought, to better ensure Iceland's self-determination. It is unacceptable that Iceland need to take up large part of European legislation through a business agreement without getting representatives or audience.
  5. The conditions of Pirates for Iceland's membership to the European Union are that Iceland be exempt from adopting the Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC) and the regulation regarding enforcement of uncontested claims (1869/2005/EC), which would otherwise defy fundamental human rights.

Edward Snowden[edit]

Main article: Edward Snowden
Further information: Global surveillance disclosure

On 4 July 2013 a bill was introduced in parliament that would if passed immediately grant Edward Snowden Icelandic citizenship. The proposer of the bill was Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson (Pirate Party) and it was co-sponsored by the other Pirate Party parliament members, Ögmundur Jónasson (Left-Green Movement), Páll Valur Björnsson (Bright Future) and Helgi Hjörvar (Social Democratic Alliance).[4][5][6][7] A vote was taken to determine whether the bill would be put on parliament's agenda but it did not receive enough support.

Electoral results[edit]

Parliament[edit]

The elected representatives are Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Jón Þór Ólafsson and Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson.

Election # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Position
2013 Steady 9,647 Steady 5.10
3 / 63
Steady 3 Steady 6th

Municipalities[edit]

Hafnarfjordur Town[edit]

Election # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Position
2014 Steady 754 Steady 6.70
0 / 11
Steady 0 Steady 5th

Kopavogur Town[edit]

Election # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Position
2014 Steady 554 Steady 4.04
0 / 11
Steady 0 Steady 6th

Reykjanes Town[edit]

Election # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Position
2014 Steady 173 Steady 2.48
0 / 11
Steady 0 Steady 6th

Reykjavik City[edit]

The elected representative is Halldór Auðar Svansson.

Election # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Position
2014 Steady 3,238 Steady 5.93
1 / 15
Steady 1 Steady 6th

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andrew Reitemeyer (25 November 2012). "Iceland has a Pirate Party". Reykjavik, Iceland: Pirate Times. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Píratar halda stofnfund" [Pirate Party holds an establishment meeting] (in Icelandic). Reykjavik, Iceland: Árvakur hf. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Evrópusambandið" (in Icelandic). Pirate Party Iceland. 2013. Retrieved 22 December 2013. "Það er ekki hlutverk stjórnmálaflokka að taka afstöðu með eða á móti aðild en aftur á móti eiga þeir að vera undirbúnir undir hvora niðurstöðuna sem er." 
  4. ^ Boði Logason (4 July 2013). "Snowden-frumvarp lagt fram á Alþingi" [Snowden-bill introduced in Althing] (in Icelandic). Reykjavik, Iceland: 365. Retrieved 4 July 2013. "Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson, Birgitta Jónsdóttir og Jón Þór Ólafsson þingmenn Pírata, Ögmundur Jónasson þingmaður Vinstri grænna, Páll Valur Björnsson þingmaður Bjartrar framtíðar og Helgi Hjörvar þingmaður Samfylkingarinnar hafa lagt fram frumvarp á Alþingi um að bandaríska uppljóstraranum Edward Snowden verði tafarlaust veittur íslenskur ríkisborgararéttur." 
  5. ^ "Vilja gera Snowden að íslenskum ríkisborgara" [Want to make Snowden an Icelandic citizen] (in Icelandic). Reykjavik, Iceland: Árvakur hf. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013. "Fyrsti flutningsmaður er Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson, þingmaður Pírata, en meðflutningsmenn eru samflokksmenn hans Birgitta Jónsdóttir og Jón Þór Ólafsson ásamt Ögmundi Jónassyni, þingmanni Vinstrihreyfingarinnar - græns framboðs, Helga Hjörvar, þingmanni Samfylkingarinnar, og Páli Val Björnssyni, þingmann Bjartrar framtíðar." 
  6. ^ "Fær mögulega ríkisborgararétt" [Receives possibly Icelandic citizenship] (in Icelandic). Reykjavik, Iceland: DV ehf. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013. "Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Jón Þór Ólafsson, Ögmundur Jónasson, Páll Valur Björnsson og Helgi Hjörvar eru flutningsmenn frumvarpsins. Allir þingmenn Pírata eru flutningsmenn frumvarpsins enda eðlilegt í ljósi þess að samtökin Wikileaks hafa aðstoðað Snowden frá því að hann kom fram." 
  7. ^ "Snowden-frumvarp lagt fram á þingi" [Snowden-bill introduced in parliament] (in Icelandic). Kopavogur, Iceland: Eyjan Media ehf. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2013. "Að frumvarpinu standa Píratarnir Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson, Birgitta Jónsdóttir og Jón Þór Ólafsson, Ögmundur Jónasson, VG, Páll Valur Björnsson, Bjartri Framtíð og Helgi Hjörvar, Samfylkingunni." 

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