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Recent changes Sint Maarten corporate law March 29th 2021Amendments became effective November 20, 2019 will affect persons who are involved in BV, NV, foundation, private foundation, association or other company forms in Sint Maarten.

Recent changes in Sint Maarten corporate law Authors: JN Johanny Nicastia CVA Chris van Amersfoort ARTICLE 29 March 2021The amendments became effective as of November 20, 2019 and will affect persons who […]

For The RMR The Question To Sint Maarten Is Simple: Does Jacob’s Government & Especially The States Still Support The National Package & The Coho Process, Or Are They Backing The Petition to the UN? The Correct Answer Can Mean An Instant 39 million guilders, For St Maarten’s liquidity needs for the second quarter of 2021.

do the Jacobs government and especially the States still support the approved National Package and the Coho process, or are they sticking to the opposed petition to the UN? The correct answer to the question can immediately yield 39 million guilders, the liquidity needs of the island for the second quarter of 2021. But first, there is sufficient clarity about the position of the States, according to the RMR in The Hague.
With regard to Aruba, it can expect 237 million florins for the coming months, but not just like that. Provided and after Aruba has signed the second Implementation Agenda (for the second quarter).
Curaçao also has homework.

Photos Two Serious Accidents Being Investigated KPSM Sint Maarten

Photos Two Serious Accidents Being Investigated KPSM Sint Maarten The first accident took place on Friday evening March 26th, 2021 around 11:30 pm on the Airport road. Upon investigating into what transpired, it was discovered that the driver of a silver Suzuki was driving at a high rate of speed on the Airport road, going towards MAHO area. The driver of the Suzuki lost control at one point and collided with the white Hyundai coming from the opposite direction.

Due to the collision both drivers were seriously injured. They were treated at the scene by the personnel of the ambulance and later requested to be transported to the Medical Center

So Theo Let Rolando Take His Party AND His Wife? Rolando Has Done More Damage To The USP And The UPP Parties Than Holland And Knops Ever Could

The UPdate Relaunched

On this Episode of the UPdate we sit down with 2 of our UP MPs Rolando Brison and Grisha Heyliger-Marten

What has been done the last year in Parliament?
What’s Next?

What’s the UP stance on the COHO?

Answering questions from the viewing public.

Starts at 7pm – Hosted by Alston Lourens

PFP Calls on coalition to withdraw petition to UN: Party for Progress St. Maarten ONE OF THEIR SLATE MEMBERS TRIED TO COME AT ME IN DEFENSE OF GRISHA AND THEO

PFP Calls on coalition to withdraw petition to UN: Party for Progress St. Maarten ONE OF THEIR SLATE MEMBERS TRIED TO COME AT ME IN DEFENSE OF GRISHA AND THEO:
Personal agendas, lack of strategy at center of current crisis. PFP Calls on coalition to withdraw petition to UN
The Party for Progress (PFP) faction members Melissa Gumbs and Raeyhon Peterson called on the current coalition to withdraw the petition submitted on March 9th to UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, and the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.`


Independent Member of Parliament (MP) Christophe Emmanuel on Sunday said that the freezing of liquidity support to St. Maarten by the Dutch is a result of failed deception and childlike governing by the Prime Minister and her Parliamentary support which translates into negligent governance that only hurts the people of St. Maarten even more.


Buncamper inquired from the minister how much additional income would government stand to generate if the pension premiums of all working residents were no longer deductible from the gross salary, and the income tax was to be calculated based on the gross taxable salary? He also queried if it would be beneficial for government to levy taxes on the gross salary (without deducting the pension premium payments) and cease levying taxes on pension income, and how much government would stand to lose or gain?

Honorable Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs: “Educational and inspiring information session with the Coast Guard

Honorable Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs: “Educational and inspiring information session with the Coast Guard including a trip around the lagoon and out to the most western point of our jurisdiction.
Thanks to Commander Levenstone, LIK officer for the info and, Officers Alain Conner and Gumbs for the tour!
It was exhilarating. What an exciting job! Policing the seas and waterways – ensuring our safety. God bless you all”.

PHILIPSBURG– “A blind man could have seen this coming,” United Democrats (UD) Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Wescot-Williams

PHILIPSBURG– “A blind man could have seen this coming,” United Democrats (UD) Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Wescot-Williams said on Sunday in reaction to news that St. Maarten will not be receiving some NAf. 39 million in liquidity support until Parliament clarifies its position on the petition recently submitted to the United Nations (UN) and confirms approval for the Caribbean Entity for Reform and Development COHO.

Former Minister of VSA employment policy goes into effect Sint Maarten

The National Employment Service Center (NESC) plans to implement modified work procedures, in close collaboration with Section Employment Permits in 2021, based on the “Policy on the issuance of labor permits” of the former Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor, published in the National Gazette on February 7th, 2020 on page 12 of issue number 05.

Government of Sint Maarten Launches Multi-Purpose Shelters Project for Vulnerable Residents Dutch Sint Maarten

The Government of Sint Maarten achieved a large milestone for the country as it pertains to disaster preparedness and resilience building. In the presence of the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Dr. Carissa Etienne, Head of the European Union Delegation Responsible for Sint Maarten Fernando Ponz Canto and other pertinent stakeholders, the 11th European Development Fund B-Envelop Shelters project under the th


And most recently, the Dutch government has demanded that Sint Maarten (1) abandon a bridge loan from an international lender that would have avoided a default with a ten-year old Dutch government loan and (2) abandon recent efforts to finalize their decolonization from the Netherlands. And if Sint Maarten refuses these demands, the Dutch government will deny them the next tranche of a loan and will declare a default of the ten-year old loan—destroying the Sint Maarten economy and the island’s credit rating. Both of these demands are in violation not only of the Kingdom Charter, the constitutional organ of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, but also of the international human rights of the citizens of Sint Maarten, including their right to a democratically elected, representative government and to self-determination. The Dutch government’s blatant attempts to use a global pandemic and economic collapse to reimpose colonial authority over its own, non-European citizens by forci

Is Coho Act in conflict with the Statute of the Kingdom or not?

Is Coho Act in conflict with the Statute of the Kingdom or not?
Is the draft governmental law for the establishment of the Caribbean body for reform and development contrary to the Statute of the Kingdom or not?

After studying the advice of the Council of State, many come to the conclusion that the far-reaching power that the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations allocates to the body and himself touches the heart of the autonomy of Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten. The creator of the bill, State Secretary Knops, is one of the few, if not the only one who thinks otherwise. This is evident from the letter he sent to the Lower House on Friday:

“I do not consider it pure in this letter to dwell in detail on the content of th

The Advisory Board (RvA) of Curaçao Judges Sides With Minister Knops Concerning COHO, Disagrees With MP Rolando Brison And Cohorts

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

Latest Info English/Dutch PDF Letter to Parliament on the decision-making of the Kingdom Council of Ministers on the liquidity need of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten (ACS), second quarter 2021

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.

Prime Minister Jacobs and Préfet Gouteyron discuss synchronization of current health protocols and vaccination strategy on St. Martin

Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs attended a high-level meeting together with Préfet Délégué for Saint Martin and St. Barths Serge Gouteyron and his support staff. Joining Prime Minister Jacobs were Head of the Department of Interior and Kingdom Affairs Angelique Gumbs, Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs Patrice Gumbs, and support staff. During this meeting, the synchronization of Dutch and French St. Martin’s current health protocols and vaccination strategy, travel restrictions, and the Platform for the realization of the proposed St. Martin United Congress were discussed.

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 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

Letter To Parliament About Leaked Advice From The Council Of State Of The Kingdom On The Bill Of The Caribbean Body For Reform And Development COHO PDF DOCUMENTS & ENGLISH TRANSLATION

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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

Holland Punishes St Maarten As She Rewards Aruba €100 MILLION Euros. Latest From The Netherlands. Tacit Warning To Curacao…

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.


The Hague The National Council of Ministers has today decided to no longer provide liquidity support to Sint Maarten as long as the States do not unambiguously confirm that they support the agreement previously concluded with the Jacobs cabinet. This means that the Netherlands will not transfer the 39 million guilders that the Sint Maarten government needs to be able to meet its payment obligations to Philipsburg for the time being.

The Minister of Justice launches Justice Sector Essay Contest Sint Maarten

The Minister of Justice launches Justice Sector Essay Contest **
In an effort to introduce secondary students to the criminal justice sector on Sint Maarten, the Honorable Minister of Justice, Anna E. Richardson, has invited secondary schools to participate in the Justice Sector Essay Contest which aims to encourage students to pursue a career in the criminal justice field.


The Court heavily blamed Brownbill on the fact that as a representative of the people he received a substantial income from the community treasury and, on the other hand, did not care to seriously disadvantage society and that same community treasury for an estimated 890,000 guilders. In doing so, the suspect has put his own financial advantage above the public interest and thus the society of Sint Maarten.

KNOP’S COHO PROPOSAL -ALL 51 PDF DOCUMENTS Translated To English: Proposal Of Kingdom Act On The Caribbean Body For Reform And Development COHO. Articles And EM

Articles 9 and 13, paragraph 1, of the Autonomous Administrative Bodies Framework Act, a member of the board cannot also be: a. Governor; b. minister or state secretary; c. King’s Commissioner or Commissioner; d. member of the States General or of the States of Aruba, Curaçao or Sint Maarten; e. mayor or alderman or island governor or island commissioner; f. member of the Advisory Board of Aruba, Curaçao or Sint Maarten; g. member of or state councilor of the Council of State of the Kingdom; h. member of the General Audit Chamber of a country within the Kingdom; i. ombudsman or deputy ombudsman of a country within the Kingdom; j. member of the Aruba Financial Supervision Board or of the Curaçao and Sint Maarten Financial Supervision Board; k. the Kingdom Representative of the public entities Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba; l. member of the Law Enforcement Council; or m. civil servant at a ministry or a subordinate institution, service or company of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten or the Netherlands. Article 10 (board regulations) 1. The

Irate Minister Knops Forced To Publish Confidential Advice, After Documents Were Leaked And Posted Here Yesterday: YOU CAN FIND THE LEAKED DOCUMENTS BELOW WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATION

On 11 March, the Council of State of the Kingdom issued advice on the Kingdom Act establishment of the COHO. In a consultation between State Secretary Knops and the three prime ministers of
the Landen was agreed on 18 March, as under the law with advice from the Council
of State is customary, that the advice is confidential and is only published when
the bill and the joint response to it from the four countries to the House of Representatives
and the States are sent.
Because the confidential advice is apparently already leaked and widely distributed, which we

PHOTOS U.S. Marines and Dutch Caribbean Marines train in exercise Camp Lejeune: Caribbean Urban Warrior MARCH 2021

Joint training sessions together with US marines from the 2nd Marine Division take place several times a year in both the U.S. and in the Dutch Caribbean. Camp Lejeune in North Carolina offers Dutch marines posted to the various islands in the Caribbean a unique opportunity to train at an advanced level with scarce enablers in, among other things, urban areas. The Dutch marines were hosted by Marine Expeditionary Force II (MEF). Dutch Marines with 32nd Raiding Squadron conduct a vehicle assault with their DMV Anacondas on an objective during Exercise Caribbean Urban Warrior on Camp Lejeune, N.C., March 23, 2

Ministry VSA expands COVID-19 Vaccine to 18+ for Dutch side Residents. Register today

On Tuesday, March 23rd, during the meeting between the four ministers responsible for public health of the Four Countries in the Kingdom, the Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor (Ministry VSA), Richard Panneflek, decided in consultation with the Netherlands that Sint Maarten will now offer the COVID-19 vaccine to all residents 18+ residing on the Dutch

DOCUMENTS With English Translation: Just In… Council of State, St Maarten Harshly Criticized In The Hague Today For Their Resistance To COHO

Relationship COHO – Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and government
According to the proposal, the COHO appears to perform its tasks with a high degree of independence. Large parts of the Independent Administrative Bodies Framework Act have been declared applicable. This does not alter the fact that on a number of important points the proposal gives the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations the authority to issue instructions or to limit or complete the powers of the COHO. For example, the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations can determine how the COHO should spend financial resources made ava

Dutch Caribbean Vaccinations Moving At A Rapid Pace. In Saba Approx. 89% Of Adults Have Been Fully Vaccinated

THE HAGUE – Vaccinations are fast on the islands in the Caribbean Netherlands. On Saba, approximately 89 percent of the adult population and almost all healthcare workers have now been vaccinated. On St. Eustatius, more than 30 percent of the population has had an injection and that share will quickly increase.

On Bonaire, 65 percent of the over-60s and healthcare personnel have received a first injection. From the end of this month, all young adults can also make an appointment for a vaccination. The cabinet has decided to speed up vaccination because of the rapidly increasing infections compared to the limited care capacity – there are only 6 ic beds on Bonaire. The number of infections is also high on Aruba and Curaçao. Here, the elderly and vulnerable are currently being vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine. Younger adults will be next in the coming weeks.

Due to the increasing number of infections, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has adjusted the travel advice for Curaçao. From now on, a quarantine obligation also applies to Curacao and Aruba. The islands were already on ‘orange’, meaning unnecessary travel is discouraged.

Just In From The Tweede Kamer, The Hague: Members of Parliament Kuiken And Diertens Questions The Legitimacy Of COHO. Knops Never Ran The Agreement By The Tweede Kamer first

The Hague Members of Parliament Attje Kuiken (PvdA) and Antje Diertens (D66) Question the Legitimacy Of COHO, they want to know from State Secretary Knops (BZK) why he did not ask the Council of State for advice in advance about the draft Kingdom Act on the Caribbean Body for Reform and Development.

Updated Breaking! Minister Knops Power Overrules The Council: COHO Controversy Fully Explained English & Dutch

On Monday, Dossier Kingdom Relations reported that the Council of State has passed a damning judgment on the draft Kingdom Act for the establishment of the Caribbean body for reform and development (COHO) that must direct and supervise the spending of loans that the Netherlands has on Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten will provide as well as the implementation of the required reforms. Today the sequel. In a way, the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations comes above the governments of the countries In its 20-page advisory report, the Council of State of the Kingdom of the Kingdom Act filters the Caribbean body for reform and development (Coho). It starts off nicely: The Advisory Division of the Council of State appreciates the intentions expressed

Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs Commemoration Speech of the 373rd Anniversary of the Treaty of Concordia

Today March 23, 2021, though having special significance for me, as the day I became a mother for the first time, it is the day that we celebrate Treaty of Concordia Day. As Madam VP Valerie Damaseau said, “Since 2018, we have been working to make it more than about nice speeches.” As Melissa just said as well and as the youth said on Saturday, “Time for talk has finished.” Let today be the last day we only just talk about it.

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