Dutch Parliament adopts bill limiting Kingdom Government of imposing general measures on the islands
THE HAGUE - The approval of the initiative law proposal of Member of the Second Chamber Roelof van Laar of the Labour Party PvdA to amend two articles of the Charter to restrict the use of independent General Measures of the Kingdom Government “Algemene Maatregelen van Rijksbestuur” (AMvRBs) without a legal base is good news for the islands.
The law, once it has been approved by the First Chamber, will limit the freedom of the Kingdom Government from issuing AMvRBs without consulting and permission of the Dutch Parliament. The Kingdom Government may only issue an AMvRB in “exceptional cases of an urgent nature” without the approval of Parliament.
In case an AMvRB is issued, it must be secured in the Charter or in a Kingdom Law within two years. Otherwise the AMvRB will be annulled. Renewal of the AMvRB after two years will only be allowed in very exceptional cases, if there are still pressing reasons to do so and if efforts have proven unsuccessful to anchor the AMvRB in a new Kingdom Law.
The Kingdom Law procedure provides the Dutch Caribbean Parliaments the opportunity to submit amendments and motions, which increases their say. This will diminish the so-called democratic deficit somewhat.
The initiative law was originally submitted in 2000 by then Member of the Second Chamber Gerrit-Jan van Oven (PvdA). Van Laar, who took over the initiative law proposal from Van Oven, will now have to defend the law in the First Chamber.