Information request about integrity-royal decree – Council of State reaction could take three months

POSTED: 10/25/13 12:02 PM

THE HAGUE / St. Maarten – The request by Minister Plenipotentiary Mathias Voges to the Advice Department of the Council of State for information about the royal decree that instructs Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday to commission an integrity investigation could take up to three months to process, Council of State spokeswoman Wendy van der Sluijs stated in an email to this newspaper.

“The request for information from the Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten has been submitted to the Advice Department of the Council of State. The department will react to this request. Usually it takes between one and three months, depending on the scope of the advice or information,” Van der Sluijs stated.

Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams confirmed on Wednesday that the request is indeed about information. “It is not as if a decision by the Kingdom Council of Ministers has been put up for advice,” she said.

The Council of State’s Advice Department usually advices about draft legislation, general measures of administration and international treaties that the government presents to the parliament for approval. The department also advises about expropriation and about initiative-laws from Members of Parliament.

“The department is also authorized to give information about affairs of legislation and administration,” Van der Sluijs stated. “Examples are the information about the draft-guideline for services in the internal European market and about the compatibility of the regulation for air quality with European guidelines about the same issue.”

The Council of State currently has 40 requests for advice and information under consideration. On the council’s website, Sint Maarten’s request is the last on the list.

 

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