Dutch Parliament adopts Isla motion
WILLEMSTAD - Today the Dutch House of Representatives has officially given its support to the Isla motion. The Dutch Government is herein instructed to urge the Curaçao government to take measures to reduce emissions within a period of three months.
After that period the House should be informed about the progress.
The motion pollution from the Isla refinery is also characterized as a violation of human rights. The lack of enforcement is defined as improper administration by the government. Minister Ronald Plasterk of the Interior and Kingdom Relations advised against the use of such terms as it would impede other forms of assistance. The Minister also said that only the European Court can judge if there is a violation of human rights.
The House also approved the motion of the MP for GroenLinks, Liesbeth van Tongeren to provide so-called enforcement training for staff of the Environmental Department. There was also sufficient support for her motion to provide support to Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten in achieving the objectives of the recent Paris climate treaty.