Preparations underway to meet Dutch senators

POSTED: 01/8/13 11:44 AM

St. Maarten – The preparations are well under way for the public to meet with members of the Dutch First Chamber of Parliament who will be on the island this Thursday to meet the public at an open event.

“I am very pleased,” said President of Parliament drs. Rodolphe Samuel yesterday that the community will have the opportunity to talk with Dutch senators

The public can meet with them on Thursday at the Cultural Centre on Backstreet from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Since Kingdom laws are directly applicable on St. Maarten and the policies of the Kingdom Government directly impact the island, this means that the First Chamber has a great influence on the lives of the people of St. Maarten, President Samuel pointed out yesterday. “It is with this mind-set that this session is being held. This is an opportunity for a personal meeting with the members of the First Chamber, where they can hear for example about the new political buy actavis valium structure introduced on October 10, 2010, the experience with respect to the relationship between St. Maarten, the Netherlands and in particularly with Statia and Saba, and any other topic that may arise.”

“The senators are looking forward to an open and constructive exchange of views with the people of St. Maarten,” Samuel added.

One of the issues that the community can discuss with the senators is the Dutch government’s intention to present a law to apply the same residency registration rules in the Netherlands for people from Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten as overseas countries have for Dutch people who want to reside on the islands.

One of the requirements is that individuals from the islands would have to provide proof of good conduct; they must have a degree or diploma; they should have work or sufficient income to support them while in the Netherlands. The objective is to submit the initiative law this month.

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