Published On: Tue, Feb 17th, 2015

Member European Parliament asks questions to the European Commission on Curaçao refinery

EickhoutWILLEMSTAD, THE HAGUE – Member of the European Parliament (MEP) representing the Dutch green party Groenlinks, Bas Eickhout wants to know whether the European Commission is aware of the situation concerning the pollution of the oil refinery in Curaçao. According to Eickhout it has been decades of carelessness by the Dutch Council of Ministers.

He writes this in a letter to the committee.

Environmental norms

“The oil refinery in Curacao has been emitting toxins in soil, air and water for years now resulting in at least eighteen premature deaths per year and serious loss of biodiversity," said Eickhout. According to the MEP, the environmental requirements of the license of the refinery are much less stringent than the environmental standards of the European Union. Both the Dutch Council of Ministers and the government of Curaçao have never taken any steps to correct this.”


Eickhout wants to know whether the European Commission is aware of the adverse effect of the oil refinery on biodiversity and human health. He also wants the question answered on whether the committee agrees that the refinery is acting in breach of environmental legislation. Finally, he wants to know what measures the Commission will take to ensure that the Dutch Council of Ministers takes responsibility.

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