Published On: Thu, Feb 27th, 2014

Jardim survives Parliamentary debate on FDRS

Jose JardimWILLEMSTAD - Minister of Finance Jose Jardim survived a debate on the Fondo pa Deporte i Responsabilidat Sosial (FDRS), which is the controversial foundation founded by the Independent Member of Parliament, Glenn Sulvaran, in Parliament.

There were especially many in the opposition who questioned the Minister on various issues concerning the foundation. In particular the funds allocated to the FDRs and its status. According to the Ordinance on Government Subsidies, a foundation may request for funds, but there are certain requirements before they receive a subsidy from the Government. One of these requirements is that it has to be registered at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The foundation also needs to prove that it can operate without the Government’s subsidy. According to the ordinance, when a foundation requests funds from the Government, it will be included in the following year’s budget. This has to be approved by the Parliament of Curacao.

According to a report from the Government Accountant Bureau (SOAB), the foundation was registered at the Chamber of Commerce in September 2013. But the foundation had already received half a million guilders before it was officially registered. The funds were requested in the middle of 2013, which means that they foundation would qualify for subsidy in 2014.

The MPs threatened the Minister of Finance with a motion of no confidence, but he managed to survive this. Another motion by the opposition for re-evaluation and legal advice on the foundation was formally rejected by the coalition because the text could not be changed after the motion was signed. Leader of the PAIS faction, Alex Rosaria, requested legal advice on the foundation. The opposition has also requested a Central Committee meeting, whereby the SOAB can explain their report on the FDRS.

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