Cft receives budget from De Lannooy

The College financial supervision (Cft) agreed with Finance-minister Ersilia de Lannooy (PNP) that the College will receive the budget before Christmas. After the College receives the budget, it will provide it with a formal advice. The agreement is also that in due course, the Land will effect a proper transfer of duties to the BES-islands and the future countries Curacao and St. Maarten.

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De beklagenswaardigste PG van het Koninkrijk

Geschreven door Gerritjan van Oven

Zondag 14 december vond in Willemstad op Curacao een demonstratie plaats tegen de Rondetafelconferentie die een nieuwe fase in de ontregeling van het Antilliaanse staatsverband heeft ingeluid. Op de foto in het Parool zien we demonstranten met een jodenster op en borden met teksten als "traishon" en " Hamas". De bezwaren van de demonstranten richten zich kennelijk niet tegen de overname van de schulden door Nederland (1,7 miljard euro ter afbetaling van 70 % van de staatsschuld) , wel tegen het financiële toezicht en de aanwijzingsbevoegdheid van de Minister van Justitie van Nederland aan de Procureur-Generaal van wat in de toekomst niet meer de Nederlandse Antillen genoemd mag worden.

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Zuiderburen in de West

Geschreven door Eric R. de Vries

dinsdag, 16 december 2008

Afgelopen week mocht ik voor een transactie naar onze zuiderburen in de west, Venezuela. Het land telt omstreeks 26 miljoen inwoners, anderhalf keer zoveel als in het Koningrijk der Nederlanden.

Bij aankomst in de hoofdstad, Caracas, vraag ik mij af hoe het kan dat mensen zo dicht bij de Antillen onder zo'n slechte omstandigheden leven. De armoede druipt van de bergen af, met honderd duizenden op elkaar gepropte hutjes die op instorten lijken te staan. Hoe zou het zijn daar iedere dag wakker te moeten worden, of hoe lang zou het duren voordat ik daar niet meer wakker wordt?

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Cabinet abandons databank Antilleans

The separate databank for high-risk youths from the Antilles and Aruba is probably off for forever. The cabinet is now considering including these youths in an alarming system for all youths in the Netherlands that threaten to go off the rails.

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Antilles municipalities included in the VIR in the first quarter of 2009

A number of arrangements were made to make the Cross Reference High-risk Youths (VIR) a fully fledged alternative for the cross reference Antillean high-risk youths, the VIA. The Antilles municipalities are going to be included in the VIR in the first quarter of 2009, so that the coordinators of the casus-deliberations can become aware of the high-risk youths’ data, indicated the ministry of Vrom.

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Deloitte makes bid for implementation of SEI

Consultancy Deloitte takes part in the tender procedure around the implementation of the projects of the Social Economic Initiative (SEI), states Deloitte itself in a press release.

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VBC criticizes council pension

With great indignation, the Business Association of Curacao (VBC) has taken note of the fact that before the Christmas recess, the Island Council of Curacao has forced through an ample pension scheme for former, current, and also future council members and commissioners.

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On our way to new countries

With the signing of the Conclusions of the Test-Round Table Conference (T-RTC) at the naval base in Parera yesterday, all Kingdom parts approved the result of the draft-phase for the political changes in the Kingdom. Next is the implementation-phase, with which the concrete status of the several islands and new countries must gradually become reality.

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Karel Frielink President of Curaçao Bar Association

At the Curaçao Bar Association’s annual meeting held on 12 December 2008, Karel Frielink (Spigthoff) was formally elected to serve as President of the Curaçao Bar Association for a two year-term. He is the successor of Eric de Vries (HBN).

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VBC on price action

The Business Association of Curacao (VBC) finds it ‘short-minded’ when administrators and politicians expect the private sector to lower their prices of goods and services, because the oil products are constantly becoming cheaper on the international market.

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Taxi union wins her case

The judge has put taxi-union Sinusta in the right against Sunny Adventure Tours.  This agency may not pick up tourists from the airport and transfer them to their hotel or elsewhere, because only taxis are allowed to do this, according to the LAW Public Transportation.

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Telegraaf wins case about distribution on ABC islands

De Telegraaf recently won legal proceedings instituted against the publishing house in Amsterdam. Hans Kroeze and Karin Wooning, living in Curaçao, believed after De Telegraaf broke off the negotiations, to already have an agreement with the Dutch newspaper. Notably to print De Telegraaf in Curaçao and to distribute the newspaper in Curaçao and later also to distribute it in Aruba and Bonaire.

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Lawbook change at Advisory Council

The concept-amendment of the Criminal Code was just two weeks ago delivered to the Advisory Council (Raad van Advies), two years after it was presented to Justice-minister David Dick (PAR), says Vice-chairman Frank Kunneman on being asked.

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Churandy-case on January 15

The Courts of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has again adjourned the hearing of Churandy Martina’s disqualification on the Olympic 200 meter. The hearing in the Swiss Lausanne will now take place on January 15, 2009.

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Columbus is tired of waiting for concession

International cable company Columbus is threatening with legal proceedings if his request for a concession for its subsidiary Columbus Networks Curaçao for international telephony and internet is faced with more delays. According to Telecom-minister Maurice Adriaens (FOL), the international company doesn’t understand why his request that was submitted last year has still not been dealt with.

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THE DUTCH CARIBBEAN AND OECD STANDARDS OF TRANSPARANCY AND EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION

OECD Secretary-General compliments the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba

In his speech on 21 October 2008, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, addressed the issue of transparency and exchange of tax information in relation to offshore jurisdictions.

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DUTCH CARIBBEAN REGULATORY FRAMEWORK - Central Bank monitors compliance

The regulatory rules and regulations in the Netherlands Antilles deal with credit institutions, investment institutions and administrators, insurers and insurance brokers, company pension funds, trust service providers, capital markets, anti-money laundering and identification, and foreign exchange control and license fees.

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A new securities exchange in Curaçao?

In order to provide the international financial markets with better services, the financial industry of Curaçao is currently working on the formalization of a new securities exchange. A new securities exchange does not only have domestic benefits for Curaçao but it also makes it possible for Curaçao to provide a broader spectrum of financial services to the international markets than is presently the case.

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203 Million euro debt restructuring on an allocation account

“Now that the Order in Council for the Kingdom (AMvRB) Financial Supervision is settled, the Netherlands is keeping her promise by depositing 203 million euro in a Bank of the Netherlands Antilles (BNA) allocation account on behalf of the payment arrears”, says the Dutch finance-minister Wouter Bos (PvdA) in a letter dated November 28 to the Lower House about the 2008 Budget.

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Political nominations possible in the state settlement

The General Audit Office Netherlands Antilles (Arna) has ‘serious objections’ against the stipulation in article 67 of the concept-state settlement that was copied from the Dutch constitution.

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