Published On: Thu, Dec 20th, 2012

Parliament reprimands Advisory Council

WILLEMSTAD — The Parliament is not taken with the fact that the advice from the Advisory Council forwarded to the Parliament appears in detail in the local media that same day. Former chairman of the Parliament, Amerigo Thodé (MFK), wrote this in a letter to the Advisory Council on November 27th. In the letter, Thodé wrote the Parliament learned that the media reported on advice that was presented to the Parliament that same day. “In many cases, members learn from the media first about the advice form the Advisory Council. This usually occurs with detailed comment, which causes the necessary discontentment with the members. It is normal that advice is made public only after the Parliament has read the contents.”

In her reply, vice-chairwoman of the Advisory Council, Beatriz Doran-Scoop, stated she can assure the chairman of the Parliament that ‘the Council, the individual members of the Council, and the employees of the Secretariat were never involved, directly or indirectly, with making (parts) of advice from the Council to the Parliament public beforehand’.

However, this untimely leaking in the local media was not the original subject of the correspondence between the Parliament and the Advisory Council. This regarded the procedures to be followed with publishing advice from the Advisory Council on its site. The Advisory Council prefers to place their advice on the site one week after presentation. However, Thodé wrote one week is too short. He could agree with two weeks so that the parliamentarians are given enough time to read the advice. Doran-Scoop replied that the Advisory Council can agree with two weeks.

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