Published On: Fri, Jan 4th, 2013

Camelia: amendment of screening law is necessary

WILLEMSTAD – Former formateur Glenn Camelia advocates amendment of the current screening law. Camelia argued in favor of amending the law to the extent that the political part of the formation process and the screening part are separated. The forming of a cabinet and supervising the screening are currently tasks assigned to the formateur. After the elections of October 19th last year the formation process was the first matter that was realized in conformity with the new National Regulation Integrity (candidate-) ministers. The Parliament adopted this law shortly before the elections and it was published the day before the elections, namely on October 18th. The screening law consists of a judicial investigation, a state security investigation, a tax investigation and a medical examination. It also includes investigating unusual transactions. A more extensive constitutional inquiry or a drug test could be part of the screening process if deemed necessary. The entire process falls under the responsibility of the formateur,who is also subjected to a screening. If the formateur is a candidate for a ministerial post, the vice-chairman of the Advisory Council is responsible for the screening of the candidate-ministers.

Camelia was the first informateur (politician who investigates on behalf of the crown, whether a proposed cabinet formation will succeed) and formateur (person charged with forming a new government) in the country Curaçao. As such, he was also the first direct person involved, who had to work with this new law. The former formateur states he advocates amendment of the current law. He remarks that the task of formateur must be divided into two parts: someone who is to assemble the parties that are prepared to form a new government, and some who is responsible for the screening part.

Camelia had had to collect and handle all information – that was related to the screening process – on his own. “I don’t have any political ambitions. I have no plans to ever return to politics. But what if someone with political ambitions is formateurand perhaps wishes to become premier; if all of this sensitive information ends up with one person? We’re talking about extremely sensitive information.” The former formateur is also not pleased about the pressure the formateur is currently experiencing as regards time in completing the screening process. “Once again, this is about very sensitive information. One must handle this matter discreetly and not have to work against time.”

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