Published On: Wed, Feb 20th, 2013

Wiels: In Holland they had to make more sacrifice than us in Curacao

Helmin WielsWILLEMSTAD – During a meeting of Parliament, Helmin Wiels of Pueblo Soberano (PS) explained that in the Netherlands they had to take serious austerity measures to prevent the pension fund from crashing. This is exactly the same situation here in Curacao, according to the member of Parliament.

What we have on table at this moment is the same as a developed country while Curacao is a developing country, Wiels explained. We’ve copied a system for another country and we’ve squandered the fund. The Government had to invest 8 million guilders to save this fund here in Curacao. When you count this then you can understand why we have a national debt this high and why we have to take austerity measures, the MP explained.

On April 1, 2014 the Dutch retirement fund must reduce  what its paying each month. Here in Curacao, we have to reduce it with 6 percent and after the second part of the year we have to reduce it with 6 percent more. This is not meant for those who will enter retirement but for those who have saved their entire life and must give in because the country can’t take it anymore according to Wiels.

It happened in the Netherlands and it could happen to us if we don’t take measures now, the PS leader concluded.

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