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Thursday, 4 April 2013 09:52


THE HAGUE — The consequences of the dismantling of the Netherlands Antilles were underestimated. As government of the Kingdom, the National Council of Ministers should focus more on collaboration between the four countries, especially if it regards the three Caribbean Netherlands islands. The Council of State wrote this in its annual report 2012 which was published today.The advisory organ wrote: “With the dismantling of the Netherlands Antilles there was insufficient realization that the contacts and traffic between the islands no longer has an internal character of traffic in a country, but constantly exceeding one or more borders within the Kingdom.” “Due to the changed relations and the difference in position – country or public body – the relations between the public bodies and the countries of the Caribbean part of the Kingdom have become more difficult in certain aspects.”


As example the organization mentions fewer personal contacts and difficult collaboration with disaster drills, the issuing of permits, telecommunication, transport, and legal service. However, a good relation with the other islands and countries in the region is crucial, with a role reserved for the Kingdom. “As a result, in the recent consideration on intergovernmental relations, the Advice department argued for the government of the Kingdom paying adequate attention to the administrative and personal collaboration in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom, and where necessary assume a coordinating and stimulating role.”

The government should also make better agreements with Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba on the own plans of the three islands and the agenda of the Kingdom, according to the Advisory Council, of which CDA-prominent Piet Hein Donner is the vice-chairman. For that matter, when Donner was minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Lower Chamber blamed him frequently for not having a clear vision on the Kingdom and insufficient coordination.

The Council of State is positive about the collaboration with the Advisory Councils of Curaçao, St. Maarten and Aruba, the Communal Court of Justice and the new Constitutional Court of St. Maarten, which is to pronounce judgment on its first two cases this year. In conclusion, the annual report briefly mentions the case where the Council of State functions as the highest administrative judge, namely the appeal of the government of Curaçao against the instruction from the National Council of Ministers.