Dutch Parliament: Solid Isla motion in the making
THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch House of Representatives will continue with their debate on the Curaçao oil refinery with the Minister of Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk tomorrow. The MPS will then submit at least one motion.
Its content is still being discussed by the parties. Judging on the first part of the debate, which was on January 28, it can be expected that the intention is to place the oil refinery on the agenda of the Kingdom Council of Ministers as a first step that could eventually lead to special measures to the government of Curaçao to hold the refinery to the statutory environmental laws.
Minister Plasterk would rather not make this a Kingdom affairs, but it seems that the Dutch MPs don’t have patience anymore. They don’t have any confidence that the government of Prime Minister Dr. Bernhard Whiteman will take this problem seriously. In the treatment of the Kingdom Relations budget in October last year, the MPs already filed a motion to have the Dutch government take a more active role in solving this problem.
The most far-reaching motion, to force Curaçao through the Kingdom Council of Ministers to maintain the environmental standards, did not have sufficient support.
A lighter version did make it. This led Plasterk to offer Prime Minister Whiteman expertise from the Netherlands.