Published On: Thu, Jan 24th, 2013

Dutch and Curaçao Governments Significantly Improve Relationship

WILLEMSTAD – Tensions between the governments of Netherlands' and Curaçao have eased significantly. This positive development was given another nudge in the right direction during a meeting between Dutch home affairs minister Ronald Plasterk and Curaçao’s new prime minister Daniel Hodge.

Plasterk, who was on an official visit to the island, said the new government's success in gaining support from the opposition for an austerity budget is “a great achievement”.

The improved communications between Plasterk and Hodge are a move in the right direction. “It helps us trust each other, understand each other and respect each other,” said Plasterk during a press conference.

Curaçao became an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 2010. Coinciding with the new status, the Dutch government wrote off a large part of the island’s debts. The Netherlands still keeps an eye on the island’s financial affairs and remains responsible for defense and foreign policy within theKingdom of the Netherlands.

In September 2012 Curaçao was placed under a formal compliance order by the Dutch government when its budget showed a shortfall of 153m Antillean guilders, of which nearly 100m guilders was needed to cover debts from previous years.

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