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Delegations from KMar and OM visit Saba

Saba welcomed two separate delegations from the Openbaar Ministerie and the Koninklijke Marechaussee on May 21st. Outgoing Brigade Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Roland Scheltes, and his successor, Lieutenant Colonel Gerhard Smit, together with Head of Operations, Captain Luuk van de Ven were among the representatives of the KMar. From OM, Saba …

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Dutch Ombudsmen: Poverty BES not just about money

Dutch Na­tional Ombudsman Reinier van Zutphen and Ombuds­man for Children Margrite Kalverboer are once again calling for more direct action from the Dutch government to support the people in the Caribbean Netherlands, many of whom are still liv­ing in poverty. In their an­nual report, Van Zutphen and Kalverboer argue that poverty …

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2nd Chamber passes seven BES motions

Seven out of nine motions proposed last week were passed by majority vote in the Dutch Second Chamber of Parlia­ment on Tuesday, May 21. The motions requesting that the Dutch govern­ment assess the impact of increasing the minimum wage on small businesses in the Caribbean Netherlands and that the government …

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First Chamber passes BES Childcare Law

The BES Childcare Law passed the Dutch First Chamber of Par­liament by a large majority. Only four members from the SGP and FvD parties voted against the law proposal. This means that parents re­siding on Bonaire, St. Eusta­tius and Saba (BES) will soon pay much less for childcare. In his …

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Are you looking for a low-maintenance gardening method?

Are you looking for a low-maintenance gardening method? Join the Sea & Learn Foundation and the hydroponics farm on May 25 for a hands-on workshop to start your own wicking bed garden! Wicking beds use less water, require less frequent attention, and help grow plants that can flourish in less …

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Social security, reforms focal points Kingdom Relations 2023

Improving of the social security for residents of Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius and coming to new agreements on the collaboration to implement reforms with the countries Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten. In 2023, these were some of the most important milestones in the relations between the Netherlands and the …

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MP White requests Dutch govt. monitor social minimum BES

Raoul White, Groenlinks-PvdA Member of Parliament (MP) with Surinamese roots, would like the Dutch government to monitor whether the steps that have been taken to increase the social minimum on Bo­naire, St. Eustatius and Saba have been sufficient. White submitted this motion during a debate with the Permanent Committee Kingdom …

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Impact extra 30 million euros BES cannot be determined

The impact of the extra 30 million euros that the Ministry of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Re­lations BZK allocated for the Caribbean Netherlands (CN) cannot be determined. This was concluded by the Netherlands Court of Audit in their report on the Annual Report 2023, published on Wednesday, May 15. In …

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