PvdA wants Kingdom Committee for Integrity
WILLEMSTAD - The Dutch Labor Party (PvdA) proposed today to set up a Kingdom Committee for the promotion of integrity in Curaçao, St. Maarten and Aruba. The committee would have the same functions as the Committee for Financial Supervision (CFT), but for the integrity of government.
Labor MP Roelof van Laar made the proposal during a debate on the Curaçao Intelligence Agency (VDC) and the links between criminals and politicians. "The Kingdom Committee for integrity is appointed by the Kingdom Council of Ministers and laid down in an Act. The committee oversees and provides active advice to the government,” said Van Laar. The Dutch MP said that any decision of the Kingdom Council of Ministers for an intervention or instruction has had a preliminary phase done by this committee.
MPs Ronald van Raak (SP) and André Bosman (VVD) commented immediately on the effectiveness of the plan. Van Raak emphasized that new oversight and a new law only help if the existing fraud and corruption are addressed. "This way we are not eliminating ‘bad money’”, said the MP for the Socialist Party. He also calls for a more intensive cooperation with the United States in the fight against crime.
Bosman asked for a guarantee of the Labour Party that the committee members are actually honest and knowledgeable, “as there just is a shortage of experts in that field in the Caribbean”. He repeated an earlier proposal to appoint a government officer who oversees integrity.