Minister Donner gives financial support for plans of approach

POSTED: 04/28/11 12:34 PM

Kingdom Relations covers extra costs until November 2013

St. Maarten – Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams signed an agreement with Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Minister Piet Hein Donner about Dutch financial support for the execution of the plans of approach for the census office, the immigration department, the police, the national detective agency and the prison. The support will last two and a half years and end on until November 1, 2013.

The Ministry of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations will compensate the government for the extra costs for personnel from outside St. Maarten. It will not pay full salaries, but the costs that exceed the local salaries for a function. The department of Legal affairs and Legislation, and the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure will also benefit from the support plan.

Donner’s ministry will pay for travel and moving expenses to and from St. Maarten. Civil servants who come to work for the government in St. Maarten from the Netherlands receive a rent-compensation of between $1,000 and $2,000 per month (minus 10 percent of their gross salary), a labor market bonus, and continued pay for their pension premiums in the Netherlands.

The ministry will pay the compensation for the extra costs on a half-yearly basis, based on claims by the government. The claims have to be specified, complete with copies of rental agreements.

Under the agreement, St. Maarten is obliged to give the ministry written notice in case a contract ends prematurely and when there are changes in the financial status of a contract.


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