Published On: Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014

Ministry recognizes incorrect statement: Bill was sent to Parliaments

fred-teeven-aWILLEMSTAD – The Ministry of Security and Justice acknowledges to have wrongly stated that the Parliaments of Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten don’t have anything to say about the change in the law on the Dutch nationality.

The Kingdom Council of Ministers agreed last month on a proposal by Junior Minister Fred Teeven in the extension of the period in which a foreigner must have lived in the Kingdom before he or she can apply for the Dutch nationality. The Dutch government wants to add two-year to it, make it from five to seven years.

The governments of Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten have no objections. In any case, the Kingdom Government has given Teeven the freedom to send the bill to the Parliaments of the islands.

The local Dutch newspaper, Antilliaans Dagblad has asked the Ministry if the bill was only to be approved by the Dutch Parliament and not by the Parliament of the island Kingdom members. The Ministry answered that it was not necessary but has now admitted that their answer was not correct.

“You are right. The bill will also go to the Parliaments of Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten. It was sent to them at the same time it was offered to the Dutch House of Commons,” a spokesman of the Ministry said.

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