Published On: Wed, Dec 19th, 2012

Wiels talks with Plasterk on Consensus Kingdom Laws

THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – After receiving a personal invitation from the Minister of Kingdom Relations and Internal Affairs, Mr. Ronald Plasterk, Helmin Wiels, leader of Pueblo Soberano (PS) and said Minister met today in The Netherlands. According to Wiels it was a positive conversation with mutual respect.

Both parties did not want to release much of what exactly was discussed. What is clear is that the consensus kingdom laws were addressed. "We will say that we have discussed several points, including the failure of the consensus kingdom laws," according to Wiels. In the consensus kingdom laws are five topics covered: Financial supervision, the Common Court of Justice, the Public Prosecution Service, the Police and the Council for Law Enforcement. It is known that Wiels wants to get rid of these consensus kingdom laws. According to the PS-leader it is not too early to abandon the laws. To sort things out in Curacao, it is necessary to remove obstacles like these consensus kingdom laws.

A Kingdom law is an law of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which scope goes beyond the country the Netherlands, and which is (also) effective in the other countries Aruba,Curaçao and/or Sint Maarten. Kingdom laws are used for specific areas of law set out in the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands (e.g. nationality law, foreign affairs), or for those areas where countries in the Kingdom cooperate voluntarily.

On the basis of article 38 of the Charter, the countries of the Kingdom can decide to adopt a Kingdom Law outside of the scope of the aforementioned areas. Such acts are referred to as Consensus Kingdom Law, as they require the consent of the parliaments of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten (before 2010: Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles; before 1986: the Netherlands Antilles; from 1954 to 1975: Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles).

An example of a Consensus Kingdom law is the Kingdom law on financial supervision, which was adopted as part of the package of legislation pertaining to the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles.

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