Independance of Island States, gift for new countries

The Island States strive for achieving higher productivity this year, for giving more information on the method of working, and for finally rounding off the privatization. Parliament can this way operate even more independently from the governor and the Land. An independant parliament is also a nice gift for the new countries Curacao and St. Maarten that can take this over integrally.

At the beginning of the new parliamentary year, Chairman of States, Pedro Atacho (PAR) looks ahead. The independance of the Island States is a process that has been going for years already, and it is imperative to round it off, especially because it has taken so long, says Atacho.
He lists the advantages of this; The Chairman of States gets more responsibilities, which are now in hands of the governor, like the parliamentary year and the nomination and dismissal of State-members.

Initiatives for legislation by State members no longer have to go through the National Government before going to the Advisory Council but can be presented directly. Atacho does not see the dismantling of the Antilles and thus of the Island States, as an argument for leaving the independance process incomplete. “Especially because Curacao and St. Maarten will have their own parliament, rounding off the independance process is important, the islands can then adopt it without having to re-invent the wheel.”

Furthermore, the backlog of processing legislation proposals is a priority, there are now 'only' 52 pending. About half a year ago The Island States have started the catching up process, thereby bringing the number of legislation initiatives down to ten. “The clean up is important, because we have to be able to give the consensus-statutory laws our full attention”, said Atacho. The number of meetings will thus be higher than the previous parliamentary year, which also showed an increase compared to the State year 2006-2007.

(Source: National Newspaper Amigoe)

10 September, 2008


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