Council of State concerned about the Kingdom
THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - The Council of State is concerned about the increased tensions between the four countries of the Kingdom. This is indicated in the annual report for 2014, which the leading independent advisory body to the Dutch government published today.
The Council looks back with mixed feelings on the past year. On the one hand was, the 60th anniversary of the Statute was commemorated on December 15 and there is good cooperation with the Advisory Boards of Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten. On the other hand, there were differences of opinion on the legality of the instructions given by the Kingdom Council of Ministers. The Governor of Aruba was by a Royal Decree ordered to not sign the budget of Aruba and the Governor of St. Maarten was commissioned for integrity investigations.
“These royal decrees were not submitted to the Council of State of the Kingdom for advice. The Statute nor the Rules describing the basis for this indication were sought and this is required,” said the Council of State in their report. “This did not prevent the parliaments from each of the three Caribbean countries to adopt almost identical motions in which they asked to investigate the legality of the instructions. The Council of State of the Kingdom replied; “the developments regarding the instructions and the situations that gave rise therefor, are being followed with major concern.”