Published On: Thu, Jul 4th, 2013

Kingdom should become Commonwealth

Dutch ParliamentDUTCH KINGDOM –  The Dutch political parties VVD and the SP want to turn the Dutch Kingdom into a Commonwealth. Members of Parliament Andre Bosman (VVD) and Ronald van Raak (SP) have offered an initiative to the Chairman of the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament.

The initiative is intended to settle the responsibilities once and for all and to give an impulse to the discussions on the future of the Dutch Kingdom and to force each country to think about their vision, says Bosman. Through the construction of a commonwealth, the parties want to guide the countries to a real equal relationship within the present Kingdom. This structure also means that the Netherlands is no longer responsible for developments in the countries of Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Aruba  in the future. This is what bothers the VVD and SP. According to the parties since the new constitutional status on October 10, 2010, it became clear that the Kingdom does not satisfy the desire for more autonomy of all countries involved. The Netherlands has been always responsible, while the impact on the countries is limited. Countries can also never really function independently, they are subject to change in institutional laws of the National Council of Ministers, where the Dutch interests are always paramount, it says in the notes presented to Parliament. If the commonwealth will ever come is tentatively uncertain.

Bosman hopes the note will challenge the Netherlands, Curaçao and Sint Maarten to paint a clear vision “For the VVD it is the ideal plan, but I like to hear from others what they think. What they would like to change and how they see it.” Only Aruba has made it clear that it sees a future in the Kingdom with much cooperation while strengthening of each other.

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