Corporate Governance week

The University of the Dutch Caribbean (UDC) and the Governance University (GU) Nederland are organizing The Week of Corporate Governance.  After a Master-class Corporate Governance in May and June of this year, UDC, GU Nederland, and Key Corporate decided to hold the Week of Corporate Governance from October 13 until 17. 

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Central committee on financial crises

There will be a central-committee meeting in the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles this Thursday at 15:00 about the possible local consequences of the international – especially American – financial crisis that prevails these days.

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Criticism, also on judges, can lead to innovations

“Sometimes, criticism can lead to pioneering results. The justice system nowadays would have been very different if it hadn't had, because concepts like slavery, discrimination, death penalty, or euthanasia that were once considered as normal, were abandoned due to pure criticism”, said vice-chairman Chester Peterson in a speech he delivered on behalf of president of the Bar Association Eric de Vries, who was unable to attend the appointment of three new judges last week.

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Van Doorne,associated with the Antillean law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, number 1

The in Amsterdam and London established law firm Van Doorne that is associated with the in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba established law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne, has become number 1 in the Incompany 100 of business magazine Incompany.

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Three New Judges at the Court

Although they have been ruling already at the Antillean Court for some time, yesterday the judges Rene van Veen, Edward van der Bunt and Joost Veerman were officially installed.

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Student council UNA goes to Court

The student council, student association Unese, Supervisory Council, rector of the UNA, and the instructors of the Social Economic Faculty (SEF) met this morning about the SEF’s situation.

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The Court is not a toy

The future of the Joint Court of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba is now being used as a toy in the conflict between Aruba and the Netherlands about the distribution of the proceeds of the auction of the Plant Hotel.

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Aqualectra takes Executive Council (BC) to court

Commissioner Humphrey Davelaar (Energy, PNP) is of the opinion that Aqualectra is too hasty in wanting to go to court to force an increase of the water tariff. “But they have the right to, just like the government also has the right to long for her public enterprises to work effectively and efficiently.”

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BNA: Credit crisis well manageable

The consequences of the credit crisis that controls the financial markets since 2007 and has escalated lately are up till now well manageable for the local financial institutions and the situation in the Netherlands Antilles. Recent contacts of the Bank of the Netherlands Antilles (BNA) with the local financial sector reveal that, states the BNA in a press release today.

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Antilles on agenda diplomat conference

The Antillean sector for international financial services is on the agenda of the next annual conference for the top of the Economic-department of all the Kingdom-embassies.

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Legal controversy subsidy havo/vwo VPCO drags along

The island territory and the Association of Protestant Christian Education (VPCO) have been entangled in a legal controversy for years about the question whether the government is compelled to subsidize a protestant havo/mavo-school.

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Article on VIA

In our section "Editorials" Mr. Eric de Vries of HBN Law gives his opinion on the latest developments of the Index Reference Antilleans (Verwijsindex Antillianen - VIA).

Paternity law at Advisory Council

The proposal for a bill which could amongst others lead to a judicial declaration of paternity, has been accepted and passed on for advice to the Advisory Council (RvA) by the Council of Ministers (RvM) of the Antilles. As soon as the advice is in, the bill can be sent to Parliament for consideration. Once the bill is passed by Parliament, the law can be promulgated and children will have extra protection for their rights.

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Emergency meeting on the execution of SEI

An emergency meeting was held today with amongst others Prime Minister Emily de Jongh-Elhage and fellow party member and Commissioner of Political Structure Zita Jesus-Leito (PAR) about the execution of the Social Economic Initiative (SEI).

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Quick decision on concession Colombus

Minister Maurice Adriaens (Telecommunication, FOL) expects a decision on the granting of the concession to Columbus Networks Curaçao soon. The Telecommunication and Post Bureau (BTP) has meanwhile given the local establishment of the international cable company the go ahead for providing international telephone- and internet services on the island.

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Bestuursrechtspraak is geen rechtspreken

Geschreven door Eric R. de Vries

donderdag, 18 september 2008

Op 3 september 2008 velde de Afdeling bestuursrechtspraak van de Raad van State (de "Afdeling") als hoogste rechter haar oordeel over de Verwijsindex Antillianen (de "VIA").

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Economic depression hits Apna

The General Pension Fund of the Netherlands Antilles (Apna) has booked a negative result of 8.4 percent on foreign investments in the first half of 2008. Apna obviously did not remain unaffected by the current international economic depression.

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Curacao does nothing with the SEI-millions

Until now, Curaçao has hardly spent one cent of the 130 million guilders that was made available for the Social Economic Initiative (SEI) projects. Rob Vermaas, the Representative of the Netherlands in the Netherlands Antilles is very concerned about this. The implementing organization has the money and nothing is being done with it.

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Take over of the debt in AMvRB financial supervision

The Netherlands’ commitment to take over the Antillean debts is laid down in the Order in Council for the Kingdom (AMvRB) temporary financial supervision Netherlands Antilles, Curaçao, and St. Maarten, says Finance-minister Ersilia de Lannooy (PNP). The Netherlands has until now always opposed the Antilles’ fundamental desire to include the commitment in the AMvRB.

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Lectures at UNA

The Faculty of Law of the University of the Netherlands Antilles (UNA) organizes a number of lectures, this week and the coming month.

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