Council of State member Oosting visits St. Maarten

POSTED: 11/9/12 12:24 PM

St. Maarten – Senior member of the Council of State and former Dutch Ombudsman Marten Oosting will visit St. Maarten from November 12 until the 15th.

His visit is part of the corporation and exchange program between the Council of State in The Hague, The Netherlands and the Council of Advice of St. Maarten. This USONA-sponsored program enables both institutions to exchange knowledge and experience as advisors on legislation and administration.

Oosting and his two accompanying colleagues, Council of State special advisor Ron van der Veer and deputy director Arnold Weggeman, will hold a number of master classes with members and staff of the Council of Advice. Oosting will also have meetings with the Governor here on the island, the Council of Ministers and Members of Parliament.

Besides talking to government officials Oosting will also meet with different organizations within the society, such as the board and management of the Nature Foundation.

On Wednesday night November 14th, the Council of Advice and the University of St. Maarten will jointly organize the 2nd Herman Tjeenk Willink Lecture at the University. Marten Oosting was invited this year to hold this public lecture and will speak about the importance of independent advice on government legislation.

After visiting St. Maarten, Oosting will also go to Statia for meetings with the government and to attend the Statia Day celebrations. He will end his visit with a short visit to Saba where he also will meet with island officials.

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