Published On: Fri, Sep 19th, 2014

Dutch Prime Minister: Kingdom relations subject of evaluation

Mark_RutteWILLEMSTAD – The Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte emphasized that the relations between the four countries of the Dutch Kingdom, including the three islands of the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba), are part of an evaluation, which will take place in 2015. Rutte wrote this in a letter answering parliamentary questions about the government's plans for 2015.

The issue was raised by the MP representing the Christian Union in the Dutch Lower House in Parliament, Arie Slob. He said that the representation of three autonomous islands Curaçao, St. Maarten and Aruba and the Dutch dependencies Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba in the Kingdom is still not ideal. “Does the government need to work on equal relations between the countries in the Kingdom in this important assessment yea3?” the MP asked.

However Rutte has announced to want to wait for the evaluation. “The relationship between the parts of the Kingdom have their own character guaranteed by the Kingdom Charter. Various evaluation provisions were included in the Kingdom Laws in 2010 with the new political structure. The implementation of these laws is being prepared now in consultation with the relevant Caribbean parts of the Kingdom.

“The position of the overseas dependencies will also be addressed during these evaluations,” Rutte said.

The Prime Minister indicated that the financial supervision will be maintained in 2015.

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