Published On: Fri, Dec 27th, 2013

Kingdom Law indeed to Dutch Parliament

Dutch ParliamentTHE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice maintains that the bill to amend the Law on Dutch citizenship does not have to be submitted to the Parliament of Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten for approval.

Last Friday, the Kingdom Council of Ministers agreed with the proposal of Junior Minister Fred Teeven to extend the period for which a foreigner may apply to the Dutch nationality.

Now someone must have resided in the Kingdom for at least five years to become eligible for the Dutch citizenship. The Dutch government wants to make it seven years.

In the press release from the ministry which was sent last week, the Kingdom Council of Ministers mentioned only the Netherlands. Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten were not mentioned at all.

A spokesman for Teeven acknowledges in response to questions from the local Dutch newspaper Antilliaans Dagblad that the proposed amendment refers to the whole Kingdom but insisted, however, that the bill does not have to be submitted to the Parliaments of the other countries.

The press release announced that the bill was sent to the Dutch House of Commons for treatment. According the representative this is correct and that this would not be inconsistent with the Kingdom Constitution.

Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten, Mathias Voges indicates that there is no doubt that the bill must be sent to the other Parliaments.

Even constitutional scholar Mito Croes has no doubt and cites Article 15 of the Constitution:

“The King sends a draft Kingdom law simultaneously with the submission to the States-General (Dutch Parliament) to the representative bodies of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten.”

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