Dutch blockade on cooperation lifted

POSTED: 10/25/13 12:03 PM

St. Maarten – The Dutch government ordered a blockade on cooperation with Sint Maarten for all ministries earlier this year, Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams said on Wednesday, adding that the blockade had to do with the fact that St. Maarten had not signed off on the share for the Netherlands in the Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten. In the meantime, the blockade has been lifted.

“We were never told about this formally,” Wescot-Williams said about the blockade. “When Finance Minister Hassink was a week in office he gave his consent for the Netherlands receiving its monetary part of the Central Bank. That was in June. I was quite surprised because I kept getting vibes that the blockade was still in effect. I learned of a letter directed to Minister Hassink that indicated he could not get cooperation he asked from the inspectorate of taxes in the Netherland because of this supposed blockade.”

Wescot-Williams brought the matter up with Prime Minister Mark Rutte during her recent visit to the Netherlands. “I got confirmation that there was such a blockade and that it should have been lifted some time ago.”

Minister Cornelius de Weever (Public Health, Social Affairs and Labor) received a letter on October 16 stating that the blockade was no longer in effect, Wescot-Williams said. “In the Netherlands they said there was no such thing, but the letter of October 16 confirms it. I thought it was quite ingenious that such a directive could have been given across all ministries and still somehow stay under the radar.”

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