Published On: Fri, Feb 6th, 2015

Asjes: “The Netherlands tightens the noose”

AsjesWILLEMSTAD – The Netherlands tightens the noose with regards to its overseas areas. This was stated by the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Ivar Ajes to the media. Asjes said this in response to the establishment of an integrity watchdog on St. Maarten. Netherlands wants permanent control over the appointment of ministers. This is clear from the draft text of the governmental decree, which the Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk wants to impose on Sint Maarten. Asjes believes that Sint Maarten should get the space to find solutions to its problems.

“Curacao has therefore voted against the proposal in the Kingdom Council of Ministers,” said the Prime Minister.

He is not afraid that the same could happen on Curaçao because the government does not have a problem with integrity.

Asjes says that Curaçao has always indicated, in any conversation with Dutch ministers, that there should be a constructive cooperative relation between both countries. There should be room for all partners to deal with their own problems and improve.

“As Curaçao, we get that space from the Netherlands and we work hard. We took tough measures because we think it is important, not because others believe it,” said Asjes.

The Minister of Finance, Dr. José Jardim does not feel that the Committee for Financial Supervision (CFT) is of a permanent nature. He thinks that if Curacao can ensure sound public finances, we actually do not need the CFT. So far, according to the CFT, Jardim has proved to be successful.

“We must not forget what happened from 2010 to 2012,” said Jardim.

The measures we have had to take in recent years are, according to Jardim, the result of decades of not adequately intervening in the situation. The minister indicated that between 2010 and 2012 it became even worse. “Since 2013, we have been trying to create a different image and the question is how it will continue to develop in the future,” said the Minister of Finance.

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