Published On: Tue, Aug 13th, 2013

MFK: ‘Parliament wants to decide about refinery in 10 minutes’

SchotteWILLEMSTAD – On July 1, 2013, the political party MFK requested to count heads in Parliament on the future of the oil refinery ISLA. “You either close the refinery or modernize it into a clean and modern facility,” according to the MFK MP’s. Today the MFK faction received an answer that on August 22 of this year there will be a public meeting on this topic. However, the faction thinks it is strange that the members of the coalition only have 10 minutes to debate on such an important topic. “In 10 minutes, the coalition wants to decide on the future of about 3000 employees that indirectly work for the refinery and 1500 that works directly for the refinery. In 10 minutes, the coalition wants to talk about an economic pillar which contributes with about 9% of our gross national product,” according to MFK of the former Prime Minister, Gerrit Schotte.

The members of Parliament for MFK continues saying; “In 10 minutes, the coalition wants us to decide if Curacao will become a country which has to import propane gas and gasoline from the international market, which will have as a consequence that gas prices will increase with more than 10 to 15%. In 10 minutes, the coalition wants to decide if the activities in our harbor which is directly connected to the refinery will disappear forever.”

MFK wants to know if this Government and the members of the coalition, which supports them, really care for Curacao and how serious they are about the future of the refinery. “Is this maybe a strategy to close down the refinery?” according to the MFK MP’s.

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