St. Maarten gathering information for its EU Dossier

POSTED: 06/15/11 12:40 PM

St. Maarten – Loekie Morales from the Department of Interior and Kingdom Relations (BAK) that falls under the Ministry of General Affairs, is currently in the Netherlands visiting the Cabinet of Minister Plenipotentiary of St. Maarten regarding the development of a European Union (EU) dossier for the country. The BAK is the focal point of EU relations.

Morales will be visiting the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Interior & Kingdom Relations concerning Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)-EU relations for St. Maarten. The aim of the visit is to also gather information about programs and projects of the European Development Fund (EDF), and putting together a framework for a good working relationship between St. Maarten, the Netherlands and Belguim on EU matters.

During Morales’ working visit, she is being assisted by Cor (Cornelius) James, Director of the Cabinet of the St. Maarten Minister Plenipotentiary. Besides visits to Dutch ministries, the duo will visit the permanent representative of the Kingdom to the EU Commission and Overseas Countries and Territories Association’s (OCTA) in Brussels.

“After the visit, the intention is to inform and receive input from several St. Maarten Ministries in order to create a vision and a master plan for EU relations. My Cabinet will work very closely with the Ministries in St. Maarten on this EU dossier,” Minister Plenipotentiary Mathias Voges told the Department of Communication (DCOMM).

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