Aruba asks U.S. to lift sanctions affecting refinery financing

ORANJESTAD - Aruba is asking the United States to lift financial sanctions blocking a Citgo Petroleum Corp oil refinery from financing an overhaul project, which has led to job cuts on the Caribbean island, the nation’s prime minister said on Monday.
 
Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes said at a media briefing that the United States initially ruled out a relaxation of sanctions, which this month led to a halt on a $685 million renovation project that was started in 2016.
 
The island government is expecting a final answer this week on its request to allow between $15 million and $20 million be invested in the project, Wever-Croes said, adding that the money would allow for the recall of the workers.
 
Citgo, as a unit Venezuela’s state-run oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela SA, is subject to financial sanctions imposed by the United States on the country’s government and PDVSA, designed to oust Venezuela’s socialist president, Nicolas Maduro.
 
Citgo Aruba Refining signed a 15-year lease with the government of Aruba, agreeing to refurbish and reopen an idled 209,000-barrel-per-day refinery. That work was halted earlier in February and employees laid off because of the U.S. sanctions.
 
A first round of sanctions on Venezuela and PDVSA in 2017 had caused delays to the project.

Signing legal status of police declared invalid

PHILIPSBURG–Members of the different labour unions were updated about the approved 2019 budget during an informative meeting on Monday, July 8, held by the unions Nationale Algemene Politie Bond (NAPB), Windward Islands Civil Service Union/Private Sector Union (WICSU/PSU) and Algemene Bond van Overheidspersoneel (ABVO) for all members.

Minister Andin Bikker van Aruba bezoekt Hof van Justitie op Curacao

WILLEMSTAD - Minister van Justitie en Immigratie van Aruba, Andin Bikker, heeft donderdag 11 juli een bezoek gebracht aan het Hof in Curaçao. Hij werd daarbij vergezeld door Adviseur Algemene en Juridische Zaken Milko Baiz.

Nederland grijpt in op Curacao middels aanwijzing

Aanwijzing en onderlinge regeling moeten Curaçao er financieel bovenop helpen
DEN HAAG/WILLEMSTAD - De Rijksministerraad heeft op voorstel van staatssecretaris Knops van Binnenlandse Zaken en Koninkrijkrelaties een besluit tot een aanwijzing aan de regering van Curaçao genomen.