Developments and letters

June - July 2018

For developments on the financial structure: read here more (June 2019).

On 20 June 2019 I will write another e-mail to the Second Chamber of the Parliament. This time a short analysis about the difference between Saba and St. Eustatius regarding the effectiveness of the communication with The Hague. This is the result of a radio interview with former island governor Charles Woodley. The mail ends with a (repetition of my earlier) call for a dialogue (in the form of townhall meetings). In my mail I refer to footnote 1 on page 7 of the report "Het Koninkrijk tegen het licht". The report is in Dutch; the title means "The Kingdom against the light".

In preparation for a plenary debate on the social minimum on 2 July, I will send an e-mail on 29 June containing two topics:

On July 6 there is a panel discussion on the radio in which I was one of the panelists. Another panelist - Mr Denicio Brison - was a strong supporter of an autonomous Statia and quoted passages almost throughout the broadcast from a document, dated 25 February 2019, of the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965. Googling on "mauritius" "archipelago" and "international court of justice" gives even more hits, including newspaper articles about this document. In the opinion of Mr Denicio Brison, this case has an effect on the constitutional status of St. Eustatius within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. I am not currently a lawyer, but I would like to bring this development to the attention of the Lower House's (Second Chamber) Committee on Kingdom Relations.