The Hague, Leadership Committee: permanent committee for Kingdom Relations
Activity: Technical briefing
Date: Tuesday 11 May 2021
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Public / Private: Private
Subject: Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten
Agenda item: Technical briefing by ministry officials from
Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations regarding Aruba, Curaçao,
Registrar: T.N.J. the long
Activity number: 2021A02169
Young immigrants in the Netherlands must free themselves from the poisonous stranglehold of white progressive Netherlands, argues Zihni Özdil.
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PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten – The House of Parliament will sit in an urgent Public meeting on Monday, April 19, 2021.
The Public meeting is scheduled for 10.00 hrs. in the General Assembly Chamber of the House at Wilhelminastraat #1
Sint Maarten Trust Fund High Level Meeting Minister Knops
Marian Boelsma: “Not Just Sint Maarten, But Also Aruba And Curacao Are Forced To Once Again Walk On A Colonial Leash”.
The Hague – While the progress committee was optimistic about the Sint Maarten Police Force (KPSM) at the end of 2019, the prospect of improvements is now very low. On the other hand, there seems to be more prospects for the prison system, because money is being made available in the Country Package for the construction of the Point Blanche prison.
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Since 2010, Sint Maarten has been an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Due to the economically dire situation on the island due to the corona pandemic and the devastation caused by the hurricane season in 2017, it has to rely on financial loan from the Netherlands. To this end, the Netherlands is forcing reforms that are disproportionate and undemocratic. The parliament of Sint Maarten has therefore filed a complaint with the UN for human rights violations and racism. State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Rela
Member of Parliament Paul Rosenmöller GroenLinks yesterday submitted a motion giving higher priority to Kingdom relations in the new cabinet
PvdA senator Jeroen Recourt wants to appoint an independent researcher to analyze the aftermath of colonialism.
According to Recourt, relations between the countries are in need of reform. “Our Kingdom is not determined by similarities, but by differences. The differences between the Netherlands and the Caribbean part, and the differences between the Caribbean parts themselves are large.
This is because State Secretary Knops stopped the financial support after the States of Sint Maarten submitted a petition to the United Nations. In this, they accused the Netherlands of a colonial and racist attitude in setting conditions for liquidity support.
Documents: This bill contains the budget of expenditure and receipts for the year 2021 of Kingdom Relations and the BES fund. Situation House of Representatives Written preparationThe bill ( EK, B ) […]
Motion Put Forth By Parliamentarian Rosenmoller To Make Kingdom A priority
Policy debate on the Caribbean part of the Kingdom
April 6, 2021 On Tuesday, April 6, the Senate debated with State Secretary Knops of the Interior and Kingdom Relations about the government’s policy with regard to relations with the countries and municipalities in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The basis for the debate is formed by the budget statements of Kingdom Relations and the BES fund for 2021 .
Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Affairs, a job centre has been set up. That was before corona. There, people looking for a job can get advice on their job and career opportunities. Then affordable housing; 500 social rented homes, that is really a breakthrough with the local housing corporation FCB. There are now 76 ready. I’ve been visiting, too. Beautiful houses. Work is currently underway on the realization of the next phases. A bill has now been passed, also by this Chamber, on the rental committee on Bonaire.
The tender for the next three schools is in preparation. The remaining 13 schools will follow the restructuring of the agreement between the World Bank and Sint Maarten. Additional funding is also required for this. This is an example of a project that has taken far too long. There was a long run-up and a long preparation. It was in the Ministry of Vromi.
You’re going to have to invest in that. As part of the Envelope region, we have made 7.2 million available for the implementation of the coral restoration plan. Another part that is currently running, also with tourism organizations, is certifying destinations and tourist locations as Blue Destination destination.
State Secretary Knops:
I do not think it helps in the relationship between two countries the charges just mentioned, namely elements such as doubting the intentions and placing things in the perspective of postcolonial et cetera. That makes it all complicated. Sometimes you have to maneuver around something to get to the target. In a relationship in which there are only two countries in the Kingdom, one of which has a problem as a result of a natural disaster, you hope to be able to organize it differently.
arrangements that had to be concluded, for example an establishment agreement that the government of Sint Maarten had to conclude, so that the World Bank can legally work well on Sint Maarten. That’s taken way too long. Covid got over it, so people weren’t allowed to fly in and out. That made it complicated, too. B
We have currently deposited €352m into the trust fund. Nine projects are in progress and two are in preparation, worth $419 million. We have successfully completed an income support and training project with 2,000 participants, who are therefore more employable in the labour market. More than 1,300 roofs have been repaired. More than 100 shipwrecks in the Simpson Bay Lagoon have been cleared. The new building of the hospital has started. The tender for the reconstruction of the airport is currently underway. The tenders have just been received and are currently being assessed.
But we all have a good heart for the people of those islands. And such a good heart that Mr van der Burg even says: we want to get involved so badly, because it has to go well for that population. And then you come to the question: we would like to get involved, but how does that relate to the Statute for the Kingdom of the Netherlands? Article 41 states that the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten independently represent their own affairs. That is a basic principle, which we cannot ignore unless we are going to amend the Statute. Mr Recourt has already said that perhaps the Statute is not entirely contemporary.
In the letter from the State Secretary to the State Council of Ministers, I read about the interventions involved. For example, I read: “Labour markets need to be reformed to give opportunities to the large and growing group of outsiders in the labour market.”
Members of the Tweede Kamer will be asking question in a debate with State Secretary and Minister Of the Interior, Raymond Knops, to discuss the cooperation the island countries within the Dutch Kingdom Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten and also the Special Island Gemeentes of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.
St Maarten will be completely out of money by May According to MP and UDP leader Sarah Wescot-Williams. With less than a month to go, PM Silveria Jacobs, once again has bailed on St Maarten. I posted Finance Minister Ardwell Irion saying yesterday that liquidity was basically a done deal, but in Knops’ letter this morning he said Silly would not sign the implementation Without a liquidity guarantee. Knops will give NO money until Silveria clarifies her and Parliament’s stance on the Brison-Marten petition. Silveria bounced to the
Letter to Parliament on implementation agendas Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, 2nd quarter 2021: State Secretary Knops will inform the House of Representatives about the implementation agendas with Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten for the 2nd quarter of 2021. The Senate has received the same letter.
In my letter of 26 March to your House in which I inform you about the
decision-making in the Reich Council of Ministers that day, I promised to inform yo
NO ROMANCE, WITHOUT THE FINANCE: According to minister Knops, Sint Maarten Prime Minister, Silveria Jacobs won’t sign the implementation agenda until she is assured liquidity. Minister of Finance, Ardwell Irion in yesterday March 31st 2021 Council of Ministers Press Briefing, made it seem like the next tranche of liquidity support is a done deal.
However, it is obvious by the letter sent by Minister Knops, minutes ago, that there is no guarantee.
Prime Minister Jacobs stated, “During the meeting, State Secretary Knops agreed that the Government of Sint Maarten has lived up to the agreements. As such, Sint Maarten is very disappointed that we aren’t able to move forward as per the agreements made based upon the feelings of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) with support from the Kingdom Council of Ministers (RM
PHILIPSBURG–The United Democrats (UD) and Party For Progress (PFP) have requested that an urgent meeting of Parliament be called to discuss “the relations between the Netherlands and St. Maarten.”
The Advisory Board (RvA) of Curaçao Judges that the correct procedural path has been taken to arrive at the Kingdom Act on the Caribbean Body for Reform and Development (Coho). But, it is also judged: “Strictly speaking, the powers of the government and Parliament will also be limited in this amended proposal (with respect to the CHE, ed.).” This is evident from the recently made public judgment of the RvA of 21 December 2020. Although there has been little room for negotiation with the Netherlands, the RvA itself concludes, it appears from the amended bill of law (which was previously CHE) , but also from the way in which the Explanatory Memorandum (Explanatory
That is the core of the change in supervision by the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS). “Focused means that we have a quick overview of the most important problems and shortcomings in supervision and know which institution or institutions are affected, so that we can take targeted action before there is any damage,” said the explanation. By penetrating we mean that we intervene quickly and firmly and continue to push for improvements until they are actually realized. There is more: “Intrusive also means that the CBCS takes increasingly strict supervisory measures if the repair by the institution takes too long.” The Central Bank says it does this “in a consistent manner” with “extra attention to clear communication of our expectations” through consultation, practical guidance and policy statements. “This makes us more predictable in our actions and as a learning organization we are open to feedback.” This is stated in the brochure “New Style”
At the end of 2020, an agreement was reached with the autonomous countries of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten (hereinafter: the countries) regarding the country packages, in which reforms were agreed. This with the aim of strengthening the financial, economic, institutional and social resilience of the countries in such a way that the countries will be better able to independently absorb external shocks, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, in the future. As a condition for receiving the necessary liquidity support for the countries, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten must implement these reforms.
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
March 27, 2021 It is unprecedented, but Sylvana Simons of BIJ1 accuses the Netherlands of literally still behaving like a colonial power. Because the Netherlands does not intend to transfer “corona money” to Sint Maarten for the time being. And that is not possible.
Upcoming Agenda Of Meetings Between Minister Of Interior Raymond Knops And Sint Maarten, Aruba, Curacao
At the end of 2020, an agreement was reached with the autonomous countries Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten (hereinafter: the countries) regarding the country packages, in which reforms were agreed. This with the aim of strengthening the financial, economic, institutional and social resilience of the countries in such a way that the countries will be better able to independently absorb external shocks, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, in the future. As a condition for receiving the necessary liquidity support for the countries, Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten must implement these reforms.
Now State Secretary Knops regrets the leakage and feels called upon to publish the draft Kingdom Act that was submitted to the Council of State as well. Now that the advice is quite negative, there will still be a lot of work to be done before a new proposal will eventually reach the House. A caretaker cabinet will not hurry, while the subject still requires determination. The defects indicated by the RvS will also be the product of haste. What is the case? Great haste is required to meet the acute liquidity problems of the three Caribbean countries of the Kingdom. But the money tap will only open – in phases – when a number of structural problems on the islands are addressed. And for this purpose a new governing body is being set up, the Coho. Th
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On 11 March last, the Advisory Division of the Council of State on the
Kingdom issued advice on the proposal for a Kingdom Act for the Caribbean Body
reform and development (COHO). Unfortunately I was advised, that less that two weeks later, it had been leaked to the Caribbean media.. This was obviously not the intention. Under the Council Act
Aruba will receive more than 100 million euros in support, Knops said on Friday. Curaçao does not need financial support for the time being. The Netherlands will continue to provide humanitarian aid such as food to the countries, if necessary. In return, the countries do not need to reform.