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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Extra millions for BES-islands

In order to come to what’s called an ‘acceptable provisional level’, Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba can count on extra money from the Netherlands, namely 13 million euro (almost 20 million guilders) in 2009 and 14 million euro (21 million guilders) in 2010.
This appears from the draft-budget for Kingdom Relations 2009 (the so-called chapter IV) that was presented today in the Netherlands on the day of the Queen’s speech.

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Fraud FCIB estimate 600 billion British pounds

Investigators estimate the British sales tax (VAT) fraud via the First Curaçao International Bank (FCIB) to be one trillion American dollars, which comes down to 600 billion British pounds.

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Division of the property of APNA

87.2 per cent of the property of Algemeen Pensioenfonds APNA belongs to Curacao. The rest falls to the other islands: 7 per cent to St. Maarten, 4.7 per cent to Bonaire, 0.6 per cent to Saba and 0.4 per cent to St. Eustatius. That is the conclusion of the Committee for Estimation of the property of APNA. In our Section about Constitutional Developments you can view the presentation of the Final Report of this Committee.

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No paternity law submitted with Parliament

‘A paternity enactment was never submitted to Parliament’, is Pedro Atacho’s (chairman of Parliament, PAR) reaction on yesterday’s letter to the editor from Doctor Sergio Leon in newspaper Amigoe. In his letter, Leon criticizes the fact that there is no paternity act in the Antilles and establishes that this is because politicians have ‘too much butter on their heads’.

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International protest action: Parliament against the VIA

Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles back the Antillean government in her protest against the introduction of the Index Reference Antilleans (VIA) or any other equivalent registration that is based on ethnicity. This parliament also requests the De Jongh-Elhage government, the Governing Bodies of the Antillean island territories, the United Nations, and the European council of Ministers to let this be known.

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Meeting on political changes in Amsterdam

ProFor Foundation, a consultancy that promotes the integration and participation of the several ethnic groups within the Dutch society, is going to organize an informative meeting on the political renewal and the position of the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba, and the Netherlands. This meeting will be held at Keienbergweg 3 in Amsterdam Zuidoost on Sunday 5 October from 14:00 till 18:00 hour.

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Postponement Parliamentary elections not under discussion

The request for a possible postponement of the 2010 Parliament elections is currently not under discussion, indicated the State Council in a published information on the acceleration of the transition process, which was requested by the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles.

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