Published On: Mon, Jan 29th, 2018

Questions Van Raak (SP) about Dutch responsibility for offshore and gambling industry Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten

Ronald van RaakTHE HAGUE - The Dutch Member of Parliament for the Socialist Party Ronald van Raak asked some questions to the Undersecretary for Kingdom Relations about the responsibility of the Netherlands for the offshore and gambling industry in Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten.

1 Is the statement by the undersecretary in Amigoe newspaper dated January 10, 1995, that offshore in the Antilles is a 'Kingdom interest'?

2 Is it true that the development of the islands as tax havens has been promoted because the Netherlands signed so many tax treaties, as the undersecretary said?

3 Is offshore on the islands still a Kingdom interest? If not, since when is that no longer the case? And where is that documented?

4 Are you familiar with the National Ordinance offshore hazard games from 1993?

5 Is it correct that these rules for offshore hazard games have been set up with the help of the Netherlands, on the initiative of the then offshore association (PDB) chaired by Gregory Elias?

6 Why did the Dutch government, from 1993 to at least 2010, not consider it necessary to supervise offshore hazard games, also known as E-gaming?

7 Is it true that the Governor signed offshore gambling licenses for trust offices, accountants and casino bosses, without supervision?

8 Is it true that the Governor approved offshore gambling licenses for trust offices and casino bosses and extended without supervision and with approval of sublicensing?

9 How many offshore gambling licenses has the Governor signed in the period from 1993 to at least October 10, 2010? How many are these in view of the number of sublicensing connected to the master licenses?

10 Is it true that from 1993 to at least 2010, there was a policy of approval for sublicensing, without the Netherlands exercising supervision?

11 In which Dutch policy or legal framework did the aforementioned legislation for offshore games of chance from 1993 apply?

12 Can you explain why the Dutch government did not consider it necessary since 1993 to supervise offshore games of chance / the E-gaming sector on Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten?

13 Can you explain why, from 1993 to at least 2010, the Dutch government was of the opinion that it was not responsible for investigation and enforcement in the offshore gambling / E-gaming sector? Can you explain why the Netherlands did not consider it necessary to supervise the E-zones of Curaçao and Sint Maarten?

14 How did the Dutch government ensure, from 1993 until at least 2010, in the absence of supervision, investigation and enforcement on E-gaming and E-zones that on the islands no money laundering would take place and no other illegal activities would take place?

15 Can you indicate when the questions will finally be answered which were sent by the Minister of Kingdom Relations to Curaçao in September 2016?

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