Published On: Tue, Sep 18th, 2018

The King dedicates a few lines to the Dutch Caribbean in his Speech from the Throne 2018

king-speechTHE HAGUE - Today is the traditional opening of the Parliament in the Netherland. As is customary, the King delivers the Speech from the Throne outlining the plans of his government for the year 2018/2019.

In his speech, the King mentions the Caribbean part of the Kingdom.

He stated that in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom, the reconstruction of St Maarten, St Eustatius and Saba is a high priority after two devastating earthquakes in 2017. In the next few years, over €600 million will be made available for this purpose.

The Netherlands is working with the governments of Curaçao and Aruba on concrete improvements. “For example, we are trying to interest more Dutch companies in investing in Curaçao, and we are supporting improvements to youth services in Aruba,” said the King.

The joint coastguard service has a crucial role in managing migration flows and in law enforcement. On Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba, the Dutch government is taking specific measures to tackle poverty. In these Caribbean parts of the Netherlands, employers’ social security contributions will be reduced by 5%, which in turn will allow the minimum wage and benefits to be raised by 5%. In addition, €30 million will be made available for poverty reduction, infrastructure and economic development. “In this way we will continue working to shape a Kingdom in which we all stand by one another.”

Click here to read the entire speech.

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