Published On: Thu, Sep 11th, 2014

Dutch Parliament demands clarification Defense on refinery

JeanineWILLEMSTAD – The Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has to inform the standing Committee on Kingdom Relations before September 29 of this year about when the results of the research on the oil refinery in Curaçao is expected. The decision was made yesterday during the meeting of the committee.

Environmental organization SMOC has repeatedly expressed concern about the situation surrounding the refinery. On April 26, the environmental group sent another letter to Hennis-Plasschaert with the request for action. On July 7, the Minister has also received a similar request from the Government on the progress around the investigation.


The decision of the Dutch Parliament also establishes that Minister Ronald Plasterk of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations has to go into further details about the living conditions in the Curaçao neighborhood Julianadorp. The PvdA (Labor party) already asked about why the government is only attending to the Dutch militaries who live in that neighborhood, while there are many Curaçaoans who live in that area. The answer of Hennis-Plasschaert has yet to be materialized.

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