The Hague would like to get YOUR opinion on amendments to three key laws

WolBES (the Public Entities Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Act) and FinBES (the Public Entities Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Finances Act) have existed since 10/10/10. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to further improve administrative and financial relations between the European Netherlands and the public entities. The bill seeks to reflect comparable legislation in the European Netherlands as closely as possible.


1 The position of kingdom representative is discontinued

Current situation:
There is a kingdom representative for the Caribbean Netherlands.
No more kingdom representative. These duties will be taken over by the public entities’ island governors, the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations or another relevant minister, or will be discontinued.

2 New administrative supervision

Current situation:
Numerous different forms of supervision.
A single new model that is more efficient, effective and transparent.




Current situation:
A single strict supervisory model for financial management and the budget.
One supervisory model for financial management and one supervisory model for the budget, each with three levels:
light, moderate and strict

Sate Secretary Alexandra van Huffelen explains:


Through an Internet consultation, residents in the Dutch Caribbean can currently contribute their thoughts on 3 bills:

These explain the law. You can respond to the bill in English, Dutch or Papiamentu.

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One comment

  1. These are all good suggestions but what Really Matters to me is Term Limits on Administrative and Executive Offices and Elections For Lt. Governor to Uphold Democracy. In the united states elections are held to elect Governors on every State and I think the same should be done in the Dutch islands!

    Limit the commissioners Terms to only 8 years and term for Lieutenant Governor 12 years. This is to ensure that there are more opportunities for other Sabans and Dutch citizens residing on the island to be able to also have an opportunity to serve in the Leadership of the island Dutch territory and a say in its future.

    This objective is good also to avoid Dictatorship (individuals serving more than 15 years as Lt. Governor and another individual as Commissioner on Saba, it is Wrong! This is not Democracy! I will be also sending a letter to the Second Chamber and the New Dutch Government once it is formed concerning this so that they may do a study on Saba to see if what I am suggesting makes sense.

    Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.
    Lord Acton

    Cristian Hassell Feliciano

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