Developments and letters

January - June 2020

There will be another procedural meeting on 22 January 2020. It is reason for me to send an update on 18 January.

I will update the education page at the end of January/beginning of February 2020.

On January 29, the Lower House will receive a letter from the Minister of Finance regarding the banking system on the BES islands. See the relevant page.

In preparation for the procedure meeting of 19 February 2020, I am sending this update.

On March 4, 2020 the Kingdom Relations Commission will speak with Mr. Jan Helmond, the acting Rijksvertegenwoordiger Caribisch Nederland. In preparation for this meeting I am sending this email on February 29th 2020.

Due to the coronavirus, many activities are cancelled, including meetings of the Kingdom Relations Committee. It does not stop me from sending an e-mail on 17 March 2020.

The coronavirus has gripped the world and now two people on St. Eustatius have also tested positive for this virus. I send this e-mail to the Lower House on 4 April 2020.

One day after sending my mail, Koos Sneek's Statianews commentary on the proposal for a law on St. Eustatius and the related advice of the Council of State appears. I am writing a supplement to my previous mail.

In preparation for the discussion of the bill aimed at restoring local democracy on St. Eustatius, scheduled for 22 April 2020, I will send my contribution to the discussion on 12 April 2020.

The planned discussion of 22 April 2020 has been moved to 29 April 2020. That gives me the opportunity to share my recent thoughts on the subject with the Lower House.

The report of the "consultation" of 29 April 2020 (only in Dutch) is reason for me to react.

On 4 May 2020, I will ask the Committee on Education, Culture and Science whether the CXC Decision can be published before July 2020.

On 14 May 2020, an article by Clyde van Putten. will be published in BES-reporter. That article in relation to a procedural meeting of the Commission Kingdom Relations in the coming week (20 May 2020), is reason for me to send a contribution to the Commission Kingdom Relations.

On 29 May 2020, the State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations will submit a progress report (in Dutch) to the House of Representatives with an appendix (in Dutch) detailing the progress of the twelve criteria of good governance (according to StasBZK). This is in preparation for a plenary debate in the House of Representatives on 3 June 2020.

On 1 June 2020, I will give my comments on the report of the State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations as a contribution to the plenary debate. Following an article in The Daily Herald, a small supplement will follow on 2 June 2020.

On 5 June 2020 I will send my findings after having followed the debate of 3 June and read the report.