Published On: Tue, Oct 30th, 2012

Law on supervision remains

THE HAGUE – “Monitoring the countries of the Kingdom under the Financial Supervision Act is maintained.” This sentence can be read in the government program "Building Bridges' which was agreed by the political parties VVD and PvdA yesterday.

Besides the announcement that Curaçaoans, Arubans and St. Maarteners are no longer free to settle in Netherlands (there are strict conditions attached) and the above passage is in the 80 pages document a few more remarks made in respect to the Caribbean part of the Kingdom.

From the passage “Fundamental human rights and freedoms, legal certainty and good administration and management remain the starting point for Kingdom Relations”, it can be seen that VVD does not rush with its wish to exchange the Statute for looser ties like for example the commonwealth model.

Advocate of that scenario, VVD Lower Chamber MP André Bosman, is disappointed that the new cabinet has no ambitions to go into that direction. “Change of the Statute is something that must be done in consultation with the other countries in the Kingdom. Perhaps the evaluation of the BES islands 2015 is a time to talking about it. And of course, if one of the countries themselves would like, but it is not up to the Dutch Cabinet to take the initiative now.”

In the chapter on immigration and integration, requirements are announced on family reunification and family formation and assigned phrase is added: “In a different form we also do this with immigrants from the other three countries the Kingdom.”

On Caribbean Netherlands is one sentence dedicated: “The specific position of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, as part of the Netherlands country is respected.” That is significant because it is not common for municipalities to be named in coalition agreements.

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