Dutch faction leaders surprised at situation in public entities

POSTED: 10/18/11 12:44 PM

ORANJESTAD – Commissioner of Economic Affairs Clyde van Putten says he saw surprise on the face of the Dutch Second Chamber faction leaders that visited the island on Sunday and Monday. Six of the 10 faction leaders have made the trip and been confronted with outrage by citizens of both Saba and St. Eustatius over the treatment they’ve received at the hands of the Dutch government.
“I could have seen from the expressions on their faces that they were extremely surprised by the comments that were made since in most cases the perception is that all is well and settled,” Van Putten said.
Key issues that members of both the Island and Executive Council stressed in separate meetings were healthcare, taxes and social security. The Executive Council also warned that attempts by the Dutch government to extract 7.5 percent to 10 percent more tax revenue from NuStar terminal could “certainly jeopardize the ongoing negotiations between the oil terminal and the Island Government.”
Members of the Island Council expressed concern that the Dutch government will move ahead with plans to implementing same sex marriages, abortion and euthanasia. The parties in St. Eustatius have pointed out several times that they are not in favor of the move because of their culture and religious heritage.

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