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Raymond Knops expected to offer an amended Coho proposal plus “further report” to the Lower House and the States of Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten before the summer recess.

The Hague – Outgoing State Secretary Raymond Knops expects to be able to offer an amended Coho proposal plus “further report” to the Lower House and the States of Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten before the summer recess.

For example, the Minister of Kingdom Relations writes to the House in response to the advice of the Advisory Division of the Council of State. Knops repeats what he previously told the media, namely that “we have now been working for a number of months to shape the Implementation Agenda on the basis of the National Packages”.
,, Progress is being made step by step. This is done, as the Prime Ministers of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten have emphasized earlier, in good cooperation with the countries. I hope to continue this good cooperation in drafting the response to the advice of the Advisory Division, the further report. ”
The State Secretary indicates that this further report “and a Coho proposal amended on the basis thereof” requires approval from all four countries. “As soon as agreement has been reached on this in the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom, the further report, together with the legislative proposal that accompanies it, will be sent to the States of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten and the House of Representatives. The aim is to do this before the summer recess. ”
Once agreement has been reached on the further report, the parliamentary debate on the proposal will commence. In the run-up to this, Knops would like to point out “that the core of the legislative proposal remains intact” in the advice of the Council of State.
“The Council of State of the Kingdom thinks it is logical that the Netherlands attaches conditions to the granting of financial support to Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten”, the State Secretary emphasizes once again. And adds: “It is also felt that a consensus kingdom law provides an appropriate framework for shaping this, in particular for the establishment of a special governing body (Coho).”
He further finds it important to note that, “unlike the suggestion that is being aroused in some places”, the bill is “not fundamentally contrary to the Statute”, according to the Advisory Division.
,, The Division has several critical comments, both with regard to the effectiveness of the proposal and its legality. But she does not find any conflict of principle with the Statute. It is regrettable that this image has now been created. https://antilliaansdagblad.com/nieuws-menu/23364-voor-zomer-aangepast-coho-voorstel

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