Published On: Tue, Oct 8th, 2013

Plasterk reports on his visit to Curacao and Bonaire to the Dutch Parliament

Asjes and PlasterkWILLEMSTAD - Minister Ronald Plasterk of Kingdom Relations has visited Curacao and Bonaire between September 28 and October 1. The Minister submitted a report to the Dutch Parliament. On Curaçao Plasterk consulted with the Acting Governor Adele van der Pluijm-Vrede, Prime Minister Ivar Asjes and the Council of Ministers. During the talks, Plasterk discussed the forthcoming reviews of the Kingdom laws.

"As for public finances, it was concluded that there are important structural policies in place which helps to stabilize the budget," says Plasterk. "At the same time the government of Curacao underlines that vigilance is of the utmost importance and that there may be even more painful measures ahead. From a societal and social perspective the Government of Curaçao intends to take the development of the hospital at hand. The funding must still be realized. Consideration is being given to the current enrollment. Curaçao realizes that the Committee for Financial Supervision (CFT) must give its advice on this issue.”

While visiting Curacao, the Minister also discussed the oil refinery and held talks with Dutch Antilles Development Foundation (SONA) and the Antillean Co-Financing Organization (AMFO). About the refinery, the Curaçao government stresses that they have to address the environmental impact on the population. Plasterk has indicated that he will follow up on the issue. About SONA and AMFO, Plasterk indicated that the deposits from the Netherlands have stopped in late 2012, thus allowing the focus of the discussions to be on closing and (re) distribution of the remaining funds. In this context, Plasterk and Asjes signed a protocol.

On Bonaire, Plasterk spoke to the Lieutenant - Governor, the Executive Council, the Island Council and the Kingdom Representative. He discussed the ongoing turmoil in the Government with all stakeholders.

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