Councilor Dennis Richardson on ad hoc basis in The Hague

POSTED: 09/14/11 11:37 AM

GREAT BAY/ THE HAGUE – St. Maarten’s representative in the authoritative Dutch Council of State Dennis Richardson has worked on a part time basis in the Netherlands since he was sworn in on May 9, because the 2011 budget did not contain a post to cover his permanent stay in the Netherlands.
“I am not yet permanently in the Netherlands,” Richardson told this newspaper over the phone from the Netherlands. “I have been here in May and now I am here for the month of September. By the end of the month I will return to St. Maarten.”
Richardson said that there were “no resources in the 2011 budget” for his permanent stay this year. “At the moment it is ad hoc, but for next year everything has been arranged,” he said.
Richardson spends this month in The Hague because the Council of State has a busy agenda. Among the topics Council-members have been discussing are the Kingdom’s guarantee function and the future of the Kingdom. An information campaign about these issues for the Dutch public entities in the Caribbean – Saba, Statia and Bonaire – is in preparation.
Richardson said that he is enjoying his work in The Hague. “It is a very pleasant experience to take part in discussions with such erudite colleagues.”
The Council of State is the highest administrative court in the Netherlands. It is an independent adviser to the government on legislation and general administration. It is called upon to monitor the quality of legislation both from a legal perspective and from the point of view of good policy.

The appointment of Richardson was confirmed in a Kingdom resolution on March 31, and he was sworn in by H.M. Queen Beatrix on May 9 during a ceremony at Palace Huis ten Bosch. Richardson’s nomination for the Council was first made public in a report by The Today Newspaper on November 1 of last year.

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