Published On: Wed, Mar 23rd, 2016

Dutch Parliament adopts sanction law – majority in Curaçao Parliament still against

Dutch ParliamentTHE HAGUE – The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament recently adopted the Kingdom Sanction Law. This means that Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten are also obligated to adopt international sanctions of the European Union.

This law will now be submitted to the First Chamber or the Senate, which will consider if the adoption of the law has gone according to the rules and whether the law is in conflict with other legislation such as the Constitution or international law.

The Dutch party PVV and the fraction Bontes-Van Klaveren voted against this bill. The PVV did this mainly because of protest againt the increasing influence of the European Union in the Netherlands and other European countries.

The EU sanctions, which are treated in the Kingdom Sanction Law, are intended primarely as a tool in the fight against human rights violations and terrorism, a subject that is very much a hot topic, especially after the attacks in Brussels.

In Curaçao, there are objections, especially from the ruling party Pueblo Soberano (PS) and the opposition parties MAN and MFK. According to these parties Curaçao is Constitutionally not bound to Kingdom laws if these could result in financial or economic loss for the island. They refer to for example if EU sanctions Venezuela and Curaçao has strong ties to the South American country, especially in the oil refining business.

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