Published On: Wed, Dec 12th, 2012

Betrian visits Rutte in the Netherlands

Interim Prime Minister Stanley Betrian was received by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte in the “Torentje” (Prime Minister’s office in The Hague).

THE HAGUE – Dutch morning newspaper Antilliaans Dagblad reports that although there was no statements made about the agenda and the progress of the conversation one can guess that Rutte has brought up two thorny issues: the worrisome public finances of Curaçao and a year-long deadlock in the Central Bank of Curaçao and Sint Maarten (CBCS).

According to unofficial sources Rutte has urged Betrian to conform to the opinion of the Committiee for Financial supervision to speed up the 2013 budget and to accelerate the necessary reforms. The Dutch Prime Minister realizes incidentally that the days of the interim government are counted and that after next week he will have to do business with the new government.

Earlier in the day Betrian, assisted by Director Foreign Relations Arthur Quibbler and Minister Plenipotentiary Sheldry Osepa, had consultation with the new Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans. They talked among other things the current OCT system which expires end of next year. Curaçao must yet set its views on the proposal of the European Commission for a new scheme which Timmermans can take this into account in the negotiations with the other EU Member States.

Today Betrian takes his capacity as Minister of Justice and participate in the biannual Judicial Quadripartite Meeting (JVO) with his colleagues Arthur Dowers (Aruba), Roland Duncan (Sint Maarten) and host Opstelten from the Netherlands.

Image: Nico van der Ven

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