Published On: Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012

Plasterk admonishes Curacao on budget

WILLEMSTAD - THE HAGUE - The interim government of Curaçao really has to bring the budget of the country in order. The ability of Curacao decreases and there is less money in cash.

The situation is a "worrisome subject ', writes Minister Ronald Plasterk (Interior and Kingdom Relations) Thursday in a letter to the Lower House. For this year, a shortfall of 85 million is expected. This rises to 186 million by 2015 if nothing is done. The projected deficit for the coming years are at odds with the law.

Curaçao has already got a clue what to do with the finances, but the government of the island has not yet responded to this. Although there is a number of things put in motion, but there is nothing in the budget that points to these measures. In recent months there has been too much time lost, writes Plasterk. The result is that measures that affect the population cannot be excluded.

Plasterk indicates that failure to follow an instruction, can lead to a serious shortcoming. In the extreme case, the Kingdom Council of Ministers must intervene.

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